DIY Landscape Paver Edging

If you want to give your garden a neat and tidy look, one of the easiest ways is to install paver edging using paver blocks. DIY Landscape Paver Edging is a straightforward, low-cost option to increase the curb appeal of your house. Paver blocks are durable, versatile and easy to work with. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors, so you can create your own design and style. In this blog post, I will show you how to install garden edging using paver blocks in a few simple steps.

Paver Edging Videos:

I created a full-length YouTube video and a YouTube Short video. They are both here if you’d prefer to watch a video instead.

Full Length YouTube Video
YouTube Short

DIY Landscape Paver Edging Process:

Plan layout

Step 1: Plan your layout

Before you start digging, you need to plan your layout and mark the area where you want to install the garden edging. You can use a tape measure, a string line, a chalk line or spray paint to mark the outline of your edging. Make sure you leave enough space for the paver blocks and some gravel or sand underneath them. You can also use a level or a straight edge to check if your outline is even and straight.

Empty Trench for Pavers

Step 2: Dig a trench

Once you have marked your layout, you need to dig a trench along the outline. The depth of the trench depends on the height of your paver blocks and how much you want them to stick out above the ground. A general rule of thumb is to dig about 4 inches deeper than the height of your paver blocks. For example, if your paver blocks are 2 inches high, you need to dig a 6-inch deep trench. You can use a shovel, a spade or a mattock to dig the trench. Make sure you remove any grass, roots, rocks or debris from the trench.

In my case, my pavers are 4 inches tall and we want them to be half below the grass line. Creating a bed of 2-4 inches of Paver Base under the first paver worked well for me. depending on the pavers and installation location you can get away with a couple inches of sand or need 4-6 inches of gravel then 2 inches of leveling sand on top.

Adding 4 inches of paver base

Step 3: Fill the trench with gravel, sand, or paver base

After digging the trench, you need to fill it with gravel or sand to create a stable base for your paver blocks. You can use a wheelbarrow or a bucket to transport the gravel or sand to the trench. Use a rake or a hoe to spread it evenly along the trench. Afterwards, you should fill the trench with about 3 inches of gravel or sand, leaving about 1-2 inches of space for the paver blocks depending on their size.

Laying First Row of Pavers

Step 4: Lay the paver blocks

Now comes the fun part: laying the paver blocks along the trench. You can start from one end of the trench and work your way to the other end. You can use a rubber mallet or a hammer to tap the paver blocks into place. Make sure they are level and aligned with each other. You can also use a level or a straight edge to check if they are even and straight. If you need to cut any paver blocks to fit your layout, you can use a chisel and a hammer or a circular saw with a masonry blade.

If you are doing 2 rows like I did then use landscape adhesive between the rows make sure the pavers set together. Overlap the spacing of the pavers to make a strong “wall” but still allow water to pass through in between the bricks.

Securing Second Level to First Level

Step 5: Fill the gaps with soil or mulch

The final step is to fill the gaps between the paver blocks and the garden bed with soil or mulch. You can use a shovel or a spade to scoop up some soil or mulch from your garden bed and fill in the gaps. This will help secure your paver blocks and prevent weeds from growing between them. You can also use a broom or a brush to sweep away any excess soil or mulch from your paver blocks.


And that’s it! You have successfully installed garden edging using paver blocks. Enjoy your new and improved garden!

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