install-landscape-edgingMake your yard look more complete by removing your plastic edging and replacing it with brick. It helps define your planting beds and keeps grass and mulch in their places. Brick edging is available in a range of prices and styles including natural stone, pavers, and molded cement. It’s an easy DIY project, too, with minimal materials and skill required.

Supplies: Garden hose or string, Spray paint, Hammer or wooden mallet, Landscape edging material, Shovel, Sand (enough to make a 1” base in the trench you dig for your edgers), Garden Gloves, Chisel

STEP 1

Prepare the area you want to brick. Draw the perimeter of the area where you want your landscape edgers to go, using a garden hose or string. These are flexible and easy to adjust while you’re visualizing the edge of your planting bed. Once you’re happy with the layout, trace the hose or string with spray paint.

STEP 2

Dig a trench that’s 4 to 6 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches deep (based on how large your bricks are) along your spray-painted line. Be sure to keep the walls of your trench straight down rather than at an angle. Fill the bottom of the trench with a 1? bed of sand, and pack it smooth and level.

STEP 3

Place your edgers snugly next to one another in the trench. Make sure you start at the corner of the space incase edgers need to be cut to fit. This way, they are in the least noticeable place. Tap the edgers evenly into place with a hammer or wooden mallet. If you have to cut your edgers, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for cutting. Most can be separated into smaller chunks with a small chisel.

STEP 4

Finish the job by filling the empty areas of the trench with soil or some other stabilization material like mulch or gravel.

Now stand back and admire your work! Installing decorative stone, cement, or paver edging around your planting beds will help keep your grass and mulch in place while giving your beds a stand-out, tidy look.