How to Edge a Garden Bed With Brick
Use clay pavers to form a tidy border to separate your lawn from plantings
An artfully arranged band of bricks handsomely defines the boundary between grass and garden. And if you install the bricks flush with the ground, they also serve as a handy mowing guide: You can run the wheels of a push mower right on top of the edging and pretty much dispense with the string trimmer. Some people set the pavers in concrete, but there's no need if you make a proper dry bed. That means digging down past the loamy topsoil to prevent frost heave from disrupting the bricks come winter; once you do, laying a bed of compacted paver base and stone dust gives the bricks a solid foundation and provides drainage while preventing weeds or roots from coming up. Follow along as This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers guides you through the installation of this functional yard accent.