Brick Sidewalk & Flowerbed

5 Materials
6 Hours
Medium

There were no established flowerbeds or walkways in the front of my house. There was however a buried brick sidewalk in the back yard that was no longer needed. I decided to repurpose those rather than buy edging or have concrete poured.

Add sand and level area


You will need to have a level sandy area to lay the brick. Spread the dirt, and use a rake to level.

Gather brick


Gather brick and unload them near worksite.

Lay bricks


Begin laying bricks. Tap them from each side as you go to ensure a tight fit.

Add rows


Continue adding rows and making sure it’s tight as you go. I used a board and sledge hammer every few rows to help tighten. You may have to play around with the placement of the brick. I changed it up a bit after seeing the first few rows laid.

Border


I decided to make a border on each side by turning the bricks.

Finish and install bed


I curved the walkway to meet up with driveway. Then I installed a border around the flower beds. I added mulch to help prevent weeds.

Finish


Add bricks till complete. I watered down with a hose and avoided walking on it for several hours.

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  • Thomas Thomas on Mar 25, 2022

    The surface of the bricks looks very unstable. Why was there no step included to use mortar sand to stabilize the brick walkway prior to sprinkling water over the surface? Seems like an important added step.

  • Bonnie Leek Bonnie Leek on Mar 25, 2022

    Your walkway and flower beds are gorgeous.

  • Edith Edith on Mar 27, 2022

    Did you use something like dry morter mix and sweep it in the cracks after you got it laid? I did something similar, small patio/walkway between back deck and summer house. I did that and am glad I did, much more stable.

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  • Charles Charles on Mar 28, 2022

    looking for help to design a Brick and Iron fence around the front part of my home.

  • Ken Ken on Apr 07, 2022

    I agree with several about the stability of the bricks with no polymeric sand or grout between the bricks. The bricks will eventually move and become a tripping hazard. My OCD would never let me lay bricks in such an uneven manner, lol.

    • Gid32755308 Gid32755308 on Apr 21, 2022

      Thanks Ken. I really had no idea about adding this extra step. I now know why mine didn’t work last time I tried a similar process! I am about to retackle it again.

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