How to Edge a Brick Walkway

What You'll Need
Measuring tape

A brick walkway is recommended for landscaping the outdoors from a functional and aesthetic perspective. Used commonly in domestic and commercial landscaping projects, brick walkways are used to define outdoors spaces. This helps to create well-defined zones like the garden area, pedestrian pathways and the entrance passage.

Most landscapers insist upon edging a brick walkway. This is done for a couple of reasons. Firstly, a brick walkway is a bit vulnerable to yielding away due to the pressure induced by vehicles and pedestrians. This is more likely to happen if the walkway is along a garden. The moist soil of the garden and the expanding roots of the plants can induce a greater force on the bricks. Secondly, an edged walkway has a greater visual appeal, helping to establish a seamless appearance. Among the various edging options, brick edgings are the most popular. This is because of their durability and overall affordability. Further, brick edgings are rather easy-to-install and maintain.

You can use the following instructions to edge a brick walkway in your yard:

Step 1—Selecting Bricks for Edging

It is vital that appropriate bricks are selected for this project. Specific bricks called edging bricks are also available in a wide range of shades and shapes. For instance, many landscapers prefer angled bricks for edging purposes. These bricks present a sharper edge. In terms of colors, bricks can be chosen for creating either a complementary or a contrasting style.

Step 2—Taking Measurements

After procuring the bricks, put them out in the yard and water them slightly. Measure the length and width of a brick. With a measuring tape, mark a line from the outer edge of the brick walkway. The marked area should equal the width of the brick.

Step 3—Creating Base for Installing Edging Bricks

You need to excavate the marked area for installing the bricks. Use a shovel to dig out the soil. Usually, the dug-out for most brick edgings measures between 2 and 3 inches greater than the length of the brick. Fill the dug-out with some sand. The sand should occupy at least an inch of the dug-out.

Step 4—Installing Edging Bricks

Start placing the bricks atop the sand. You can either lay down the bricks lengthwise or position them vertically, depending upon your personal preference. After you place a brick, tap it hard with the mallet. This pushes the brick deeper into the sand, securing it firmly. After laying down about six or seven bricks, check the uniformity of the edging by using a level. Make the necessary adjustments to ensure that all bricks are aligned uniformly.

Step 5—Securing Edging Bricks

Once all the bricks have been positioned, sprinkle some sand on them. Using the broom, push some sand between the small crevices of the brick edging. The presence of sand ensures that weeds or any other vegetation cannot gain a foothold among the bricks. Sprinkle a bit of water to help the sand seep deep within the crevices. A slightly-damp soil binds together, holding the bricks firmly in the desired manner.