Installing Sawtooth Brick Edging

Sawtooth edging is one of the simplest methods of installing brick edging. There's little cutting and it's more forgiving if you don't get things perfectly aligned. No wonder it's an old-fashioned favorite, giving cottage charm to any garden.

Many of the same principles that apply to installing flat brick edging also apply to installing sawtooth edging. Be sure to review that section first.


Dig a trench 4 to 5 inches deep around the bed. Run level mason's lines between end stakes at the finished height of the edging. Lay the first brick at a corner, setting it at a 45-degree angle.


Using the mason's lines as guides, lay a course of bricks in the trench. Abut the bricks together tightly to maintain the angle and avoid gaps. Add or remove soil to adjust the height of the bricks. Backfill with soil and tamp gently.


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