Flower beds are grown for decorative purposes. The careful designs for flower beds vary according to the designer’s artistic opinion. We take into consideration the color combinations through varying seasons, labor time, and the color pattern of the different flowers for aesthetic value. These can also be mixed in function to other kinds of gardens, like herb gardens because many herbs also have decorative purposes and some decorative flowers are edible. The best mixtures include combinations of perennials and biennials and annuals to create a permanent flower bed.
An artfully arranged band of bricks handsomely defines the boundary between grass and garden. Some people set the brick edgings in concrete, but there’s no need if you make a proper and efficient flower bed.
There are many ideas on how to create aesthetically pleasant flower beds but you must also take extra efforts to protect them. This project could help you protect your flower beds by creating a brick edging as a border to separate your lawn from plantings. Laying a bed of compacted concrete paver base and sand gives the bricks a solid foundation and provides good drainage while preventing weeds or roots from coming up
Have the necessary tools for this project lined up before you start to save time and frustration.
Things to Use :
- Concrete pavers sometimes called severe-weather-rated bricks
- Garden trowel
- Lawn edging tool
- Rubber Mallet (no bounce)
- Stiff paint brush or whisk broom
- Wheel barrow or bucket
- Mattock (optional)
- Weed guard (optional)
- 2 1/2 inch wood block (optional)
- Tape measure
Steps to Follow :
Step 1 : Place a tarp over your grass to collect soil as you dig. Using the shovel, dig a trench with straight sides along the length of the bed, working from the grass line into the bed. Make the trench several inches wider than the length of your bricks. Dig until the soil changes color, which indicates past the topsoil. Measure the depth of your trench. It should be at least 6 inches deep to allow for a 2- to 3-inch layer of paver base. Working in stretches several feet long, use a garden trowel to cover the paver base with sand. Press the bricks into place one at a time, tapping them down with the rubber mallet and a wood block. Make the face of each brick flush with the ground on either side of the trench and with the brick preceding it. Continue, brick by brick, maintaining a consistent gap. Use sand to back fill along the back edge of the bricks, then cover it with soil.
Step 2 : With the bricks set, pour sand over them and use the brush to sweep it into the spaces between them. Working your way down the bed, whack the bricks with the rubber mallet to force the sand to pack itself tight. Continue to fill the gaps until the sand is flush with the faces of the bricks and won’t settle any farther.
Step 3 : Brush away any excess polymeric sand to prevent it from staining the bricks if it gets damp. With the hose, wash the edging with a gentle spray, dampening the sand between the bricks without dislodging it. As the sand absorbs water, it will set, acting like grout to lock the bricks in place for years to come.
Picture source: green-in-world.blogspot.com
VIDEO: Gardening Tips – How to Edge a Flower Bed With Bricks