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How to edge a lawn with bricks

There can’t be many gardeners who would name lawn edging as their favourite horticultural task.

Brick edging on a lawn helps keep edges intact, minimising labour and adding a crisp finish. The bricks will also take on an appealing weathered look over time. Of course, the overall effect relies on the lawn itself looking good, so if your turf is looking a bit tired, try perking it up by weeding and reseeding in autumn.

Follow our simple, step-by-step guide to edging your lawn with brick, below.

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You Will Need

  • Building sand
  • Cement
  • Trowel
  • Rubber
  • Rake

Total time:

Step 1

Mix sand and cement (4:1) with water until it’s the consistency of a thick cake mixture. It shouldn’t be too sloppy or dry. Mix on an old piece of board so as not to ruin paving.

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Step 2

Spread a layer of cement at the edge of a small section of lawn. Sit the bricks on the mortar making sure the ends meet and pushing them into the mixture with your hands.

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Step 3

Settle the bricks in place by gently tapping with a rubber mallet. Ensure they look even and follow the line of the lawn as you work. Lay more bricks until all the lawn in edged.

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Step 4

Rake border soil up to the bricks and don’t stand on them for a couple of days until they’ve set solid. You can mow the grass straight over the brick edging.

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