Install Decorative Edging

Easy half-day project: keep the grass out of a planting bed and make mowing around it a breeze.

Lawn Edging

Lawn Edging

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DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Edging is both practical and aesthetic. At its most useful it marks out the boundary of a lawn, while also allowing you to simply run the mower over it. With a wide variety of materials to choose from, edging can be a decorative feature in its own right, chosen to complement the plants it contains.

When to Start: Any time
At Its Best: All year round
Time to Complete: 5 hours

Materials Needed:

  • bricks
  • string and pegs
  • sharp shovel
  • wet mortar mix
  • dry mortar mix
  • mallet
  • spirit level
  • trowel
  • brush

Use String as a Guide

Use one brick to measure the correct distance from your raised bed (or border) and set up a line of string between two pegs from which to work. Cut through the turf along the line using the sharp edge of a shovel.

Use Brick and String As A Guide For Edging Borders

Use Brick and String As A Guide For Edging Borders

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Remove a Strip of Turf

Dig out a strip of turf deep enough to accommodate the bricks plus a 1" layer of mortar. First slice the turf up into manageable sections, then slide the shovel underneath and lift them out onto a piece of tarpaulin.

Unearth Turf in Large Pieces With a Spade

Unearth Turf in Large Pieces With a Spade

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Level the Ground

Use the spade to roughly level out the ground. Mix wet mortar and add a 1" layer to the bottom of the trench to bed in the bricks.

Use a Spade to Level the Ground

Use a Spade to Level the Ground

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay Bricks on Mortar

Place the bricks on the mortar and set slightly below the level of the turf. Leave a small gap between each. Use a spirit level to check they are horizontal, and firm them using a mallet.

Club Hammer Firms Bricks in Mortar

Club Hammer Firms Bricks in Mortar

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Apply a Dry Mix

Finally, use a dry mortar mix to fill the joints between the bricks, working the mixture in with a trowel. Clean off the excess with a brush.

Work Dry Mortar Mix in Joints

Work Dry Mortar Mix in Joints

2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - How to Grow Practically Everything

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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