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Classy bricks give your garden the edge

Brick edging looks classy and it's solid. And, it will outlast every other material. Having said that, there is GOOD brick edging and POOR brick edging.

Let's start with the POOR. Most bad examples of edging a garden with bricks relate to gardeners who haven't taken the time to set them properly. If you're looking for a ramshackle, rumbling look then placing them on top of the soils' surface and positioning with a mallet will suffice. However, if you're looking for something that will last past the first weekend you might need to take a little more care.

Some other bad examples of brick edging are where gardeners have used them in patterned styles such as the dragonstooth effect. This is where each brick is positioned on a vertical, leaning 30° angle. Very 70's. And then there's the GOOD.

In almost every garden where brick edging looks good, time and preparation have been the key. If you want your edging to last you will have more success when mortar is included in the equation. And this doesn't necessarily mean between the bricks.

For some brick edging it can just be providing a mortar footing for the bricks to be placed upon or after paving the edge of your garden bed with them, running a loose side-footing along the front-side of the bricks. They look great in random vertical patterns, or using just the width of the brick as your edge, or placing them lengthways to provide a wider border edging. It may even be worth the effort to create a small wall 2 - 3 bricks high.

Brick edging constructed this way will outlast all the other options and will continue to look great years after you spent the time installing it. Plus, you won't have to wrestle lawn runners or rogue ground covers ever again. Any other options for garden edging that I haven't mentioned?

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