Plastic Brick Edging

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Plastic Brick Edging
Plastic brick edging simulates brick garden edging. (Inti St. Clair/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Plastic brick edging provides the flexibility of plastic with the decorative appearance of bricks. This edging comes in flexible strips or in blocks with spiked bases. Some forms of plastic brick edging are embedded with garden lights to incorporate an additional decorative element to the garden for night gardening. Installing plastic brick edging is a similar process to installing most other types of edging.

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Things you need

  • Garden hose
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Branch loppers
  • Landscaping cloth
  • Sand
  • Compacting tool
  • Measuring tape

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  1. 1

    Lay out the outline of your garden bed with a garden hose. Rearrange the garden hose as needed until you are satisfied with the shape of the garden bed.

  2. 2

    Cut a trench that is 6 inches deep by 6 inches wide around the outer perimeter of the garden bed with a spade. Use a scoop shovel to remove the dirt from the trench.

  3. 3

    Cut away any roots that you find in the trench with a pair of branch loppers. The bottom of the trench must be a uniform size and shape.

  4. 4

    Line the garden trench with landscaping cloth to prevent weeds from growing into your bed.

  5. 5

    Measure the height of the paver. Subtract the height of the paver from the depth of the trench. Fill trench up with sand to the height of the trench so that the plastic paving brick will sit flush with the soil line. This sand base will help lessen the effects of frost heave on the pavers.

  6. 6

    Compact the sand in the trench with a compacting tool. Place the pavers on top of the sand and press them against the outer wall of the trench.

  7. 7

    Fill in the trench on the garden side of the plastic brick with soil. Sift soil into any cracks between the front of the brick and the garden soil.

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