Edging Around Raised Beds
Raised beds are a great way to separate your garden from your lawn. To make mowing around them easier, an edge made of spare brick provides a visually appealing border.
- rubber mallet
Step 1: Use Guide Line to Dig Turf
Using a spare brick to measure the appropriate distance, set up a line of string to act as a guide. Dig out a strip of turf deep enough to accommodate the bricks plus 1 in (2.5 cm) of mortar.
Step 2: Lay Out Bricks
Lay a level mortar mix in the bottom of the trench as a foundation for the bricks. Set them on top, leaving a small gap between each brick. Although this design is straight, mowing edges can also be fitted around curves.
Step 3: Level Bricks
With a spirit level, check that the bricks are aligned and slightly below the surface of the turf; use a rubber mallet to gently tap them into position. Once set in place, you will be able to mow straight over the bricks.
Step 4: Mortar Joints
Finally, use a dry mix to mortar the joints between the bricks, working the mixture in with a trowel. Clean off the excess. The mowing edge makes maneuvering the mower easier, and minimizes the need to trim.