Driveway edge

Old 11-25-06, 10:17 AM
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Question Driveway edge


We have a fairly rough concrete driveway (cracks, bumps, etc.) and would like to put an edge between the driveway and our raised lawn to protect the landscaping of the lawn. It is a small lawn (approx. 8'x10') and is raised up from the driveway by about 10" with a soil border approx 6" wide.

Right now we have loose bricks (un-mortared) as obviously a temporary solution. With the snows and frozen temps coming, we obviously need something with more strength. We are planning on fixing our driveway in the next couple of years, so we don't want anything too involved, expensive, or permanent - just something to get us through a winter or two (Canadian winter at that!).

I was thinking maybe using railway tie or mortaring the bricks. We don't want cinder or concrete block.

My handyman skills are amateur at best but I am willing to learn and my wife and I are willing to put in some muscle.

Thanks in advance.

Old 11-25-06, 11:29 AM
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Driveway edge

A railroad tie would certainly be a temporary situation. There is a big difference between a railroad tie (if you can find good ones) and a landscape timber when it comes to durability and strength.

Do not mortar any bricks, since they are not intended to be mortared and form a rigid wall for your application, which is not desired.

You will not be able to find cinder block, since they are not mad anymore (over 50 years). Concrete block stacked up dry will keep dirt in place, but are temporary since they are not intended for that purpose.

Concrete retaining wall block (never recommended to be mortared) are designed for retaining soil and have a colored, split architectural face. They are definitely DIY if you can lift something. - Google for Allan Block, Anchor Wall Systems, Keystone or VersaLok for examples.


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