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bricks are versatile and easy to use making them a popular choice for edging lawns paths and gardens they're also a great way to add color and texture to the exterior of your home hi i'm serena pia from thriftdiving.com and in this video i'm going to show you how to install brick edging i'll be adding a decorative garden here to the length of my driveway and i'm going to do some annuals but i'm also going to do some perennials that will come back year after year so let's get started for this project you'll need the following tools and materials you'll need a wheelbarrow bricks and the number of bricks that you need will depend on the size of your project garden stakes a spade mason's line or rope a small trowel if you're planting flowers or a digging shovel a rubber mallet a chisel if you need to cut some bricks a level eye protection and gloves you may also need a transfer shovel a tamper or a block of wood a garden rake and a framing square if your edging requires a right angle a cultivator will be helpful for large areas as well you may also need some garden soil some soil conditioner or mulch and remember beautiful flowers we're doing a flower bed here so we've got some perennials and some annuals step one of installing edgers is to first survey the area to determine where the edgers will be installed to consider the starting point and where the edgers will end for this project i'll start by edging at the edge of the walkway and along the driveway to install brick edging in a straight line drive a stake into the ground at each corner or curve of the area that you want to edge you'll also want to plan your brick layout for best results to avoid having to cut a brick so after all of the stakes are placed lay out your brick to ensure that you not only have enough bricks but that the final brick won't need to be cut once you've added stakes and planned your edgers it's time for step two starting at one corner wind the mason's line around one stake to secure it stretch the line to the next stake wind it around and secure it too do this on all the other stakes next move your bricks out of the way and it's time to start digging use a spade or an edger to cut the walls of the trench straight up and down follow along the masons line and stakes to ensure that the edgers will be straight and on the path that you've determined next cut the other side of the trench to remove any grass or soil to create the trench you may have to remove some excess soil with the shovel now you can use a level to check the soil but i also found it's helpful to test your bricks to ensure that they fit snug and straight with the trench complete it's time to move on to step three cultivating the soil i'm using a cultivator because it does a great job of breaking up the soil a transfer shovel can help remove some of the grass to the wheel barrel and also the cultivator can help work into the soil extra gardening soil as well as soil conditioners particularly with clay soils if you've got a smaller area you can use a rake to work in the soil or the soil conditioner for step four it's time to install the edgers but first make sure that the trench is tampered you may use a tamper or use the short edge of a board begin laying the edges in the trench and use a rubber mallet to tap the bricks evenly into place you'll fill in the entire trench with the rest of the bricks and continue to adjust the edgers with a mallet to gently tap them into place depending on your design you may need to edge a corner or make a curve it's best to make curves gentle as it's easier to edge but if you are edging a corner run a mason's line between the end stakes at a 90 degree angle and then lay the bricks and use a framing square to make sure that they're straight for step five check to make sure that the bricks are properly aligned and realign them as needed using some of the soil removed back fill the trench and along the gaps for added stability on both sides of the bricks next up for step six it's time to plant pretty flowers or plants start with placing your plants or flowers where you think they'll look best to ensure that you like that location keeping in mind proper spacing next use a digging shovel and dig a hole that's twice as deep and twice as wide as the existing planter place the plant or flower in the hole and cover it up with soil pressing firmly on the soil once your flowers are planted cover your garden bed with mulch to help maintain the moisture of the garden bed use a rake to evenly spread the mulch around and clean up any excess off of the bricks and surrounding areas so what started out as a bare area next to my driveway has now been transformed into a beautiful edged garden bed to house flowers and plants for years to come i absolutely love this depending on the size of your project and maybe a few hours or a weekend you can add beautiful dimension to your exterior with edgers and they come in a variety of colors sizes and styles and you can find everything that you need and all the tools and materials at the home depot you
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- Luisa Mceady, Staff Member
when it comes to outlining and defining flowerbeds and Gardens edgers are what you need here are some styles to choose from and some tips on how to install them begin by defining the bed using an edger or flat garden Spade to trim and shape the sod next use a pick or mattock to loosen the soil at the edge of the bed then with the garden trowel remove enough dirt to make a shallow trench and finally tamp down the bottom of the trench with a block of wood and a hammer or sledge since edging blocks follow the natural rise and fall of the terrain they don't necessarily need to be leveled but they do need to be straight and even after driving in stakes set a block in place at each end of the section and stretch twine across the top set the remaining blocks in position and tap them with a mallet to get them flush with each other and even with the twine next backfill behind the blocks and compact the soil with a tamper or your foot if you have gaps in the front fill and compact those to some edging blocks like these have interlocking edges the installation procedure though is virtually the same other styles like this simulated Belgian block don't interlock at all and are set more on top of the ground than into a trench for circular beds like those around trees these curved blocks are a perfect solution edgers do for a garden or flowerbed what a frame does for a picture makes everything look just a little more finished
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- Luisa Mceady
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