How to Install Brick Edging for Your Flower Beds

Written by Rebecca Desfosse
Updated September 10, 2015
pile of bricks
Bricks are an easy way to create a defined edge for your flower beds. (Photo by Katelin Kinney)

Brick edging for flower beds can be an affordable way to keep grass from creeping into unwanted areas. It’s pretty easy to install, and it can be laid down in a weekend.

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Brick edging prevents grass from overrunning garden beds and gives landscaping both character and a finished feel.

Though there are various edging materials, brick provides an affordable and durable option. It's also relatively easy to install, making it a great do-it-yourself (DIY) project.

Here are some brick edging ideas to get you started.

Plan the brick edging design

Before you begin installation, create a brick edging design.

Horizontal or vertical: Horizontal placement lets you stack the bricks, creating higher, more noticeable edging. However, a single layer of bricks placed vertically may be all your garden bed needs to keep weeds at bay.

Stake out the spot: Next, roughly outline the area using twine or rope. Keep in mind that rounded corners look more appealing and require less maintenance than sharp ones. Measure the length of your rope or string to help you determine how many bricks you’ll need.

RELATED: Give your flower bed an edge over the neighbors’ yards.

Choose your brick

Now visit your local home improvement store or garden supply store to choose bricks. Brick comes in various colors and sizes, so you can choose something that compliments your home’s color and works well with your garden design.

Buy a few more bricks than you think you’ll need, as they can break during transport or handling. Expect to pay about 35 cents to $1 per brick or about $300 a pallet.

Dig a trench

Next, create a trench to the desired depth with a small shovel or spade. Use a small tamper or piece of wood to pack the dirt and create a smooth surface for the brick. You can place a layer of sand atop the dirt for extra stability. Tamp this layer down as well.

Lay the brick

Next, put the brick in your trench. After you’ve placed a brick in its spot, use a rubber mallet to pound it into place. Adjust the bricks as you go. After you’ve finished, use dirt to fill any holes left by the trench. Tamp the dirt down slightly, then fill in cracks or holes.

Consier professional help

If landscaping or DIY isn't your forte, feel free to call a professional landscaper to help with your brick edging. A landscaper can help you determine placement for the most effect and install the edging, saving you time and hassle.

RELATED: Angie’s List Guide to Landscaping

When searching for landscapers, seek recommendations from family and friends. You can check Angie’s List for reviews from previous customers, too.

If your landscaping needs a pick-me-up, brick edging just may provide the extra polish your lawn requires. Laying edging isn't as complicated as it may seem. With these brick edging ideas, you can finish the project in a weekend.

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