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How to edge a lawn with bricks

How to edge a lawn with bricks

A brick edge can be the perfect thing for a formal lawn. We explain how to create one.

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. We’ve also tried and tested the best strimmers and the best cordless lawn mowers and have a range of in-depth, individual lawn mower reviews to help you keep your lawn neat and tidy througout the season.

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.

Edging a lawn - mixing cement
Edging a lawn – mixing cement

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.

Laying the bricks
Laying the bricks

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.

Edging a lawn - settling the bricks with a mallet
Edging a lawn – settling the bricks with a mallet

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.

Edging a lawn - soil around the bricks
Edging a lawn – soil around the bricks