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, and there are many ways to design and implement it.
Flat Driveway Edging
Flat types of edging will sit level with your driveway and rely a lot on color and shape to create a contrast.
- You can use Belgian block, brick or even stone pavers along your driveway to provide a contrasting color that easily identifies the border between the asphalt or concrete and your lawn.
- If you want to make your edging really noticeable, consider installing two rows of material on either side of your driveway. This will create a wider border and also make it stand out more.
- If you want to create driveway edging that is especially attractive and unique, you can design line patterns for placement alongside. 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.
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 a beautiful granite driveway edging. 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 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 in the front yard. If you decide to use railroad ties, you can simply use them as they are or you can paint them to add more contrast.
Driveway Edging Considerations
The main purpose of driveway edging is to create a border 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 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 the material that matches the appearance and the decor of your home's exterior and landscape.
When designing and implementing driveway edging, you should also design it in a way that will allow for easy maintenance in cutting grass that may grow up next to or around the 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.