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Edging a Flower Bed With Cement Pavers

By Edited Nov 19, 2016 3 4

Edging your flower beds with cement pavers offers a permanent, maintenance-free way to prevent your lawn from encroaching on your flower beds.You won't have to worry again about mulch or decorative stone in your flower bed working its way into your lawn.Here are the steps you can take to achieve this attractive and fairly inexpensive border.

Things You Will Need

  • 6 x 9inch concrete pavers
  • Sand
  • Garden trowel
  • Shovel
  • 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)

Step 1

Lay out the design of your flower bed. A garden hose works well for defining curved edges. Simply lay it down where you want the outside edge of your flower bed to be and mark the ground. Working with an existing flower bed is even easier because you already have a defined outside edge.

Step 2

Gather Materials
Gather your materials. Everything used in this installation is available at home improvement and garden supply stores. You will need about sixteen 6 x 9 inch cement pavers and five lbs. of sand for every six feet of border that you install.

Step 3

Edge Lawn
Edge the lawn using a lawn edging tool. Press the edger down firmly into the soil and rock the edger back and forth to slightly loosen the soil. This will form the line where for the front edge of your border.

Step 4

Remove Soil
Dig soil out of the channel using a shovel or garden trowel. If the soil is hard or rocky, use a mattock to break it up and remove rocks. The channel should be approximately 8 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches deep. Place soil that you remove into a wheelbarrow or bucket. You may need to use some of it later.

Step 5

Place cement paver in channel and snug firmly to front edge of channel, making sure its flush with the height of the lawn. You may have to remove a little more soil or add some back in to maintain a consistent height with the lawn and between individual pavers. One side of the paver may be slightly convex, so make sure this is the side that faces up.

Step 6

Dig Another Channel
Dig another channel behind the paver using a garden trowel. This is the channel that will accept a second paver, turned on its side. The second channel should be about 1 3/4 inches deeper than the main channel and about 1 3/4 inches wide.
 

Step 7

Tamp Down Paver
Place the second paver on its side in the channel behind front paver. Using a 2 1/2 inch wooden block as a guide, tap the paver snugly into the back channel. Ultimately, the back paver should extend about 2 1/2 inches above the front paver. This back paver will help prevent any mulch or decorative pebbles from washing out of the flower bed and onto the front paver and, ultimately, your lawn.

Step 8

Pack Soil
Pack dirt firmly behind the vertical back paver to stabilize it. Use the soil that was saved when the channels were dug out.
 

Step 9

Apply Sand
Pour sand along the pavers. Using a stiff paint brush or whisk broom, sweep the sand back and forth, enabling it to fill in all crevices. The sand will further stabilize the pavers, allowing you to stand on them or roll the wheels of a lawnmower over them.
 

Step 10

Finished Border
Freshen up the mulch or decorative stone of your flower bed.
 

Tips & Warnings

Place weed guard under pavers as extra assurance that weeds will not grow in the crevices of the border.

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Comments

Sep 19, 2009 5:33am
x3xsolxdierx3x
Great Article! and, a definite Thumbs-up! :)
Feb 20, 2010 7:36pm
aguy
Thumbs up on this one!
May 23, 2014 12:48pm
etringali
I did this last year on my front planting beds. I used play sand to line channel which allowed me to get pavers leveled very well. The verticals I actually had span the seams of the horizontals which made them very sturdy and avoided the potential "excel" look. I was really surprised at how easily everything came together. Sanded joints with the cheap play sand which worked great. Winter was wacky this year and we had a lot of freeze/thaw cycles. No frost heaves and none of the pavers came loose. Husband and I are both very happy with how the planting beds look. I am creating some new beds in the back yard this year and we will do the same edging with those. Such a great look!
Jul 20, 2015 5:44pm
Hibernian
How did you do such a severe curve without cutting/grinding the stones? I have a very gentle curve and three stones into the curve, the seams on the vertical back pavers already aren't lining up.
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