Step 9: Add Concrete to a Short Section of the Trench

Mark adds concrete to the trench before laying in the first course of blocks
Photo: Kolin Smith
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You'll install the edging in 5- to 10-block sections, filling the trench with concrete as you go. First, lay 5 to 10 blocks side by side next to the trench to determine the length of the first section. Mix concrete to a stiff consistency (it should hold together like a snowball if you ball it up in your hand). Using the spade, add a 1-inch layer to the first section of the trench.
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    Tools List

    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • ear muffs
      Hearing protection
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • concrete saw
      Concrete saw (Rents for about $50 a day from The Home Depot)
    • trenching spade
      Square-tip spade
    • brick set
      Brick set
    • maul
      Maul
    • mason's trowel
      Mason's trowel
    • mallet
      Rubber mallet
    • push broom
      Push broom

    Shopping List

    1. Nails Make sure they're at least 3 inches long

    2. Standard Concrete Mix such as Quikrete

    3. Belgian block stone Available at stone yards in a variety of sizes and shapes 4. Mason's Line to align the blocks It won't stretch or sag like regular string

    5. Stakes

    6. Paver Base Also known as stone dust

    7. Flowers and plants for landscaping