Easy half-day project: keep the grass out of a planting bed and make mowing around it a breeze.
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 Ccomplete: 5 hours
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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