How to Do a Brick Edge on a Driveway

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How to Do a Brick Edge on a Driveway
A brick edge dresses up a bare driveway. (house bricks image by Steve Johnson from

If you're looking for a way to dress up an otherwise bland driveway, consider adding an edge with bricks. The geometric shape of the bricks and the contrasting colours will add a pleasing accent note to the bare symmetry of the driveway's space. Laying bricks to make an edge for your driveway isn't a technically difficult job, and the average homeowner will find it well within his or her abilities.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Calculator
  • Small shovel or garden trowel
  • Bucket or wheelbarrow
  • Sand
  • Rubber mallet
  • Level
  • Broom

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of your driveway edge with a tape measure. To determine how many bricks you'll need, divide the length of your driveway by the length of an individual brick. Purchase your bricks.

  2. 2

    Using a small shovel or garden trowel, dig a small trench along the side of the driveway that is one inch deeper than the depth of your bricks and slightly wider than the width. Dispose of the dirt in a bucket or wheelbarrow as you go.

  3. 3

    Fill the bottom 2 inches of the trench with sand.

  4. 4

    Place your bricks into the trench, one at a time, and pound on each brick with a rubber mallet to set it firmly in place in the sand. Check the alignment of the bricks periodically with a level to make sure you're setting them in evenly.

  5. 5

    Sprinkle a thin layer of sand on the border, and sweep it firmly into the edges and spaces between the bricks with a stiff broom.

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