By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Add character to an ordinary walkway or driveway with a border of pavers that will expand its width and soften its appearance with a custom look. Laying down a border is an easy and methodical landscaping project, but it’s physical work that involves digging up sod and soil and then setting the border in place.
You’ll need pavers, plastic edging and spikes, sand, as well as a shovel, spade, rake, wheelbarrow, push broom, and kneeling cushion or knee pads. The project involves cutting out strips of sod along the walkway, digging a trench for the sand and pavers, and then installing edging to keep them tight against the walkway for a neat, manicured look.
You'll find all of the materials you’ll need at landscape and lawn and garden centers. The materials are heavy, so it's a good idea to have them delivered.
Before you go shopping, however, make a sketch of the walkway, noting its length. You’ll need to calculate how many pavers and how much edging to purchase. And, since you’ll be edging both sides of the walkway, remember to get double the amount. If you have quite a bit of sod, or strips of it left after removing it, use it to patch bare spots in your lawn or give it to neighbors who can use it.
A landscaper will charge $284 to add a paver border on both sides of a 50-foot walkway, which includes the material and labor. You can buy the materials for $128 and do the job, saving 57 percent.
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The materials are heavy, so it's a good idea to have them delivered.
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Wrapping up, given the average cost to edge a sidewalk with brick you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.