Paver edging gives your yard a clean look and defines the lawn area. Pavers are relatively inexpensive to use as an edging material. You'll find pavers in a variety of colors, but stick with small, brick-sized pavers for the easiest edging material. The pavers work for a slightly raised edging or a ground-level edging that allows you to mow right up to the edges of your property or garden beds with ease. Install your paver edging properly to get a level and long-lasting finish.
Things You'll Need
- Garden hose
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Mark the location of your paver edging with a flexible garden hose or stakes connected with string. If you plan to install the pavers in only a small area, measure the border with a tape measure to ensure you get an even area in the desired size.
Dig along the marked boundary for the paver edging to create a trench to hold the bricks. For small brick pavers, make the trench about 6 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches deep. The width should be slightly more than your bricks. The depth depends on the thickness of the bricks and whether or not you want them to stick up higher than the grass. You'll have 1 inch of sand in the bottom of the trench, so account for that when determining how deep to dig the trench.
Place a level along the bottom of the paver trench to ensure the ground is level. Dig out high areas or add dirt back into low areas to make the ground level.
Pour a 1-inch layer of sand in the trench. Use a tamper to compact the sand. Check the level of the sand layer, making adjustments to create a flat base for the pavers.
Place the first paver in the trench, starting at one end. Set the paver in place by pounding it gently with a mallet. Continue placing pavers along the border so the bricks fit as closely together as possible. Pound each paver in place.
Move the level along the entire paver edging to ensure all of the bricks are level. Pound any high bricks gently with the mallet to make them flush with the pavers next to them.
Backfill the trench behind the pavers with some of the dirt you initially removed. Fill in the gap right up to the back of the bricks so they stay in place.