How to Lay Landscape Bricks for a Border

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Landscape bricks are a useful, versatile and durable material for outdoor building and landscaping. They are often used effectively as a material for constructing borders around flower beds, vegetable gardens, pathways, buildings and patios. When properly laid, they'll stay stable and secure for many outdoor seasons.

Things You'll Need

  • Landscaping bricks
  • Measuring tape
  • Square-bladed shovel
  • Landscape cloth
  • Sand
  • Rubber mallet
  • Torpedo level
  • Choose a landscape brick style and color for your border. Consider the shape, color and size of landscape brick when making your decision. If you're bordering an area that's already been landscaped you may want to go with a complementary style or a style of brick that contrasts with the existing landscaping or hardscaping materials. There's really no right or wrong way -- if in doubt, buy a few bricks of different styles and try them out before purchasing the entire supply.

  • Calculate the number of bricks you'll need. The calculations are simple -- measure the length of the area you'll be bordering, then divide that number by the length or width of a single brick (depending on how you'll be laying the bricks). The resulting number is the number of bricks you'll need. Purchase the bricks and have them delivered or haul them yourself, depending upon your vehicle.

  • Prepare the surface. Use a small, square-bladed shovel to dig away three to four inches of grass and topsoil from the area where the bricks will be laid. It's best to dig out several yards of soil, lay bricks and then dig again. This lets you more easily correct for any errors along the way. Place a strip of landscaping cloth on the bare soil to prevent weed growth, and then sprinkle about 1 inch of sand onto the cloth.

  • Place your bricks in the pattern you've chosen onto the sand. Tap them down with a rubber mallet when they're in place and check to see that they're level with a small torpedo-style level.

  • Sprinkle a layer of sand on top of the border and brush it into the spaces between the bricks with a broom. This helps prevent the bricks from shifting as they settle.

References

  • Decorative Landscaping with Bricks and Masonry; Edward J. Petereson, Pete Heddy; 1990
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