Driveway edging can create an attractive border for your home's driveway, serving to protect it, as well as adding additional curb appeal. You can use driveway edging for many types of common driveway surfaces such as asphalt, concrete, brick and even stone. There are many ways to design and implement driveway edging.
Flat Driveway Edging
- You can use Belgian block, brick or even stone pavers along your asphalt driveway edges to provide contrasting color that easily identifies the border between your lawn and your driveway.
- If you want to make your driveway edging really noticeable, consider installing two rows of edging material on either side of your driveway. This will create a wider border and also make your driveway stand out more.
- If you want to create driveway edging that is especially attractive and unique, you can design line patterns for placement alongside your driveway. For example, you can lay bricks or pavers in a basket weave type pattern and place the pattern up against a straight row of blocks or pavers to create attractive and interesting designs.
- You can also consider using different colors of blocks, bricks or pavers to add variety to your driveway edging.
Raised Driveway Edging
- Raised driveway edging is designed to extend above the height of your driveway and usually creates a better border for protecting both your driveway and lawn.
- You can use larger pieces of Belgian block to create beautiful granite driveway edging for your driveway. This type of block looks much better than standard masonry breaks or hollow blocks and is as functional as it is attractive.
- You can use river wood, logs or railroad ties to create more rustic types of driveway edging for your home's driveway. River wood and logs are perfect for homes in the country or for homes that have a more rustic design and landscape. If you decide to use railroad ties, you can simply use them as they are or you can paint the railroad ties to add more contrast to your driveway and lawn.
Driveway Edging Considerations
The main purpose of driveway edging is to create a border between your driveway and lawn and also to help protect your driveway from damage such as chipping or cracking. You can use low-cost methods such as common red bricks or hollow blocks to edge your driveway or use more expensive landscaping bricks to create something more unique and personal. Regardless of the type of driveway edging you install, you should choose material that match the appearance and the decor of your home's exterior and landscape.
When designing and implementing driveway edging, you should also design the edging in a way that will allow for easy maintenance in cutting grass that may grow up next to or around the driveway edging material. Also, digging a shallow trench for your driveway edging will almost always result in a more professional appearance and less weeding and maintenance.