Mark Powers installing edging blocks with a rubber mallet
Photo: Kolin Smith

Step 12: Finish Installing the Edging

Keep laying the blocks until the runs on both sides are done. Once all the blocks have been installed, use a push broom to sweep paver base into the joints between the blocks and between the blocks and asphalt. Backfill the trench with topsoil, which will help the concrete dry more slowly, resulting in a harder cure. Full curing may take up to a week, depending on the weather.
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    Tools List

    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • dust mask
      Dust mask
    • ear muffs
      Hearing protection
    • 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
    • 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