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Trenches for brick edging

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DA Quality Lawn & YS, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    What trencher do you use to create the shallow trench needed to install brick edging? Or do most of you dig it by hand?
     
  2. brycez28

    brycez28 LawnSite Member
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    I personally dig by hand. I do believe that I saw a machine at the 2017 ILandscape in Chicago, but it was way out of my price range for the amount I'd use it.
     
  3. brichter14

    brichter14 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    Get a mattock. easy by hand...
     
  4. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Depending on the job, we either dig by hand or use a Brown Bed Edger with the appropriate blade.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Brown bed edger with the beveled blade. I make 2 passes side by side and then clean it up with a mattock. This time of year digging by hand may be faster as the bed edger will bind full of mud.
     
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  6. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Does the Brown make a nice vertical outside edge or do you have to square up the trench with a spade?
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nice square edge. The inside is beveled, maybe 30°.
     
  8. Laner

    Laner LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    I bought a rotor that cuts a nice square corner on both sides of the trench with a flat bottom for my bed edger. I still go back and shave the inner edge with a shovel to taper it halfway down the depth of the block. Works very well with bullet edgers.
     

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