Brick Edging for Gardens

Brick Edging

Brick edging for your garden, brick borders around the driveway can add style, contain elements and provide asthetically pleasing boundaries.
Done right it should last a long time, though there are many environmental circumstances that can ruin the egding.
One of those buggers is tree roots. The small tree that was there when the brick borders were laid was lovely, but 20 years on is a big monster.
Bricks are all cracked, broken and lifted. 

How to lay brick edging with mortar?

...More detailed information in the flower beds section below so I won't ramble on and repeat here.
Laying edging and borders is a job that almost anyone can tackle with out to much difficulty. As long as you prepare properly.
Usually brick edging for lawns/gardens are only 1 or 2 courses(bricks high)
Quite likely following straight lines for garden beds or vegetable gardens.
You could also have some nice curved lines for some lawn edging when mowing or using the whipper snipper. 
If you have straight lines, following a string line for 1 course is not to difficut.
And making a nice curve can be neat but not mathimatically perfect to be visually pleasing and effective. A good tip is to use a spray can or lime(where gloves/small bucket with a hole in it) when setting out your curves. If your not satisfied kick the dirt up and do it again.

How to lay brick edging for flower beds?

Flower beds can be low in height or at waist level possibly higher if on a slope.
Though you are getting into the realm of retaining walls.I personally have not seen a really tall flower bed but I am sure they exsist.
The main principle of egding and borders is to contain something small and/or provide a border that is asthetically pleasing and functional.
A concrete footing is needed or it is possible to lay bricks into the ground and then the brick edging on top of that.
If only 1 course is needed around the garden and the ground is firm and stable.Then the expense of getting concrete, mixing it, possibly using steel rods might not be needed.
Some home owners may have an excess of bricks that can be used from the new build.

Step 1
Mark out where the edging is going to go you can use a string line, spray can or some hydrated lime(use gloves)
Dig your trench (wider than a bricks width) for example 150mm/6 inches if single brick,300mm/12 inches if double.
Depth of at least 90mm or more depending on the soil. (you could put in some 12mm rods it will help keep the trench in together. Remember you are doing edging not a brick wall and are after a firm and stable base.
Pad down the trench so that the bottom is firm.
You should have your heights if needed before you start for your Brick edging and garden beds.
Next when making the mortar for the first course and it is underground you can add a little more cement and some brick tor (get it from your local garden supply or bunnings) if you wish.
This will help and provide extra strength(not cost that much extra)
Then when laying the bricks above the ground a normal mix is sufficent you could add some water proofing agent and another layer of brick tor.
Finish with capping the bricks off with some capping tiles or lay them on edge.
Explaining how to lay bricks is afutile exercise especially since more than enough
video tutorials are online that will do a great job.(I love youtube to learn new things)
Tools needed
Brickies trowel
Bricklayers Hammer
Bolster
Finishing tools:
A jointer(or cut off a piece of garden hose)
Raker(or piece of wood with a nail in it)
Small trowel for striking/smoothing joints.
Materials
Cement (1 20kg bag =100-150 bricks)
Brickies Sand(1/4 meter should get 200/250 Bricks layed with normal joints)
Hydrated Lime/Synthetic lime (see bag and use according to specs and mortar consistancy needed)
Brick Tor (hardware store)
Additives (water proofer,bond crete , use these when needed and see directions on containers)
...For example bond crete will make the mortar very sticky because it has a resin additive to ensure maximum bonding strength.
but is not for use in permantly wet areas or areas with regular moisture.

Brick edging around lawns

Similar principles as above.
Planning out lawn heights is probably the most important job to start with.
*How much topsoil is needed
*How thick is the grass you are growing
*Is there any fall needed on the property...are a few questions you might ask yourself.
Also measurements for garden borders or brick flower boxes etc
Tools and materials needed.
Some possible differences are additives to the mortar.
For example you want the brick edging at grass level for a mowing strip so mortar is underground and consistanly damp.
...Have a go you can do it.
Or ask for help from friends,family members have a "BBQ working Bee" or knock on a neighbours door.
Or look online for local trades people.

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