How To Install Brick Garden Borders…The Easy Way!

I’m going to show you how I… well, actually, Hubby and I installed this brick border,
the EASY way!!

Easy Brick Garden Borders
I went to Home Depot to purchase a skid of bricks!

bricks

I wasn’t sure I was going to make it home with that skid of bricks, they were insanely heavy! But lo and behold I did! They were on sale for $.25 each! I just couldn’t pass up that kind of deal.

I want to do brick borders around all of my gardens.

All three rings

Now, this isn’t even the half of it…we have a backyard, a side yard and a few others here and there. I see a LOT of brick laying in my future. 😅

Hubby helped me with the first one, he’s had quite a bit of experience with concrete. Back in the day, he drove a cement mixer for a living.

The front light post seemed like a good place to start, with a simple 36” ring.

Beginning to dig brick border

I searched and searched the internet for the easiest way to lay bricks. I really didn’t want to mix a bunch of wet concrete.  That just seemed like a TON of work and believe me I’ve already put in a TON of work digging! Our dirt is hard clay and rocks. I felt like I was digging in a rock quarry.

So, Hubby and I decided to lay the bricks dry. We felt that would be the easiest way. And it WAS!!😍

Let me explain the process... First, I would dig a trench where I wanted the border, then clean out the extra dirt.

Next, we shoveled in dry concrete mix. It was about 3" thick in some areas, maybe more in others.  We used the concrete to fill in the gaps.

Setting bricks in place

Let me tell you, those 80 lb. bags of concrete are not light! Poor Hubby’s back has been on the fritz, so I slid those bags from the work van into a wheelbarrow. Worked like a charm! 👍

So, we’d shovel in a bunch of concrete, smooth it out, then measure.

measure bricks

Hubby gave me a great tip! Always measure the corners, that way your bricks will be circular and the gaps between will be even. We tied a string to the center light post and used that to go around and measure each brick.

You can see it better in this picture.

Making process brick border

Just look at the progress we’re making!!

While you are measuring and placing bricks, you want to make sure that the bricks are level.

Making bricks level

Now, we weren’t actually using the leveling bubble, because we were dealing with the slope of the yard as well. We just wanted them to be even with each other and the grass level. So when a brick was off we'd shovel a little more concrete under one corner or the other, or under the whole brick. It's a process with each brick.

Then we started back filling the outer edge. This ring will be needing some grass seed complete it.

Backfill around brick border and leveling

Then on the inside of the ring, we filled in with a bit more dry concrete and stones here and there.

Adding more stones and concrete Inside

Hubby and I were crossing our fingers this was going to work using dry concrete.

A storm was coming, so we backfilled the inside of the circle with dirt as well.  There is too much dirt in this ring, so I’ll be removing some before we plant and mulch this garden.

Almost done with brick border

Make sure you brush off the dirt and any cement powder. Cement powder will make the bricks look gray, if it dries on them.

Brush off Bricks border

Lastly, we wet the garden border. Yeah, we knew a storm was coming, but we still wanted to wet it down. If a storm wasn't coming, we'd be making sure it was nice and damp. Possibly wetting it down the next day as well. We want that concrete to be rock hard!

Wet garden brick border

It’s been about 4 days since we did this job. I’ve already tried to wiggle those bricks… They aren’t going ANYWHERE! It worked beautifully. Now time to start another one!! 😊

And that’s how you lay bricks the easy way!!

How To Install Brick Borders

I planted some petunias, can't wait to see them fill in!

Planting Petunias in brick garden ring

Planting Petunias in brick garden ring

Here is the brick garden ring months later!  They still are holding up great!

Petunias in full bloom in brick garden ring

One to pin for later!

Easy Brick Garden Borders

Blessings!


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15 comments

  1. I love this! I am starting a garden in the area where there used to be railroad ties, but they were old and crumbling so I had to take them out. Now, I'm left without a border and have been trying to think of options... this looks like something I could manage. Love the tip about measuring the corners. Looks really good!

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    1. Thanks, Eliesa! I just finished my second one, and I'm actually getting better and quicker at it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Looks so good!! I like the string-measurement idea.

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  3. Your border looks great and your tutorial is really helpful.

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  4. Looks great! My first house project once the weather is nicer. Thanks for this blog

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  5. It looks great ! what brand of cement did you use ?

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    1. We just used what they have at Lowes. Quickrete, I think. It was a yellow bag. Hope that helps!

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  6. Lori,
    I love this tutorial so much!!! We've replaced all of our fescue (sadly) because it just wasn't doing well with the heat of summer. We've replaced with zoysia which runs so this is a great idea for keeping the grass out of the beds. PLUS it looks so amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Christy! That sounds like a huge job! Gardening is so much work, but anything to keep the maintenance down is worth it!

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  7. So, I learned something new today - add dry concrete when doing this! I laid a small brick path many years ago and it really needs to be redone! When I do it, I will be using the dry concrete to set it

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  8. Lori, this looks SO good!! You guys have the prettiest yard on the block! ;)

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    1. Thanks, Cristina! I have a lot of competition in my neighborhood! :)

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