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How to Brick Edge to Path
A neat brick edging can clearly define a path, keeping the paving in place and preventing soil from spilling onto it. It is vital to get frost-resistant bricks for outdoor garden use, normal house bricks will disintegrate. There are a number of options: bricks on edge or flat - one of the easiest and most economical; bricks on a slanting angle - more decorative; bricks on end - useful if you want a higher edging. Bricks laid on edge or flat can be set on a 5cm deep layer of mortar. To lay the others, proceed as follows:
you will need
Dry ready-mixed concrete (around 35kg per metre of edging); sheet of wood; bucket; shovel; trowel; spade; garden rake; and spirit level.
Dig out a 15cm wide trench, it should be around 17-18cm deep - enough to hold the bricks at the desired height plus 2-3cm of concrete. Compact the base with the back of a garden rake.
Mix up the concrete as directed on the packet. Fill the bottom of the trench with 2-3cm of concrete.
Position the bricks in place. Add concrete to fill the sides of the trench, taking care not to get it on the parts of the bricks that will be visible.
Use a spirit level to check that the tops of the bricks are level. Finish off the concrete by smoothing it with a pointing trowel so it slopes away from the bricks.
Dig small trenches along both sides of the path.
Set bricks into mortar and check they are level.
Point joints and remove excess mortar.
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