Give the front yard of your home more curb appeal by simply edging the driveway. An asphalt driveway can appear smooth and level and can be a durable and secure surface for any car or light truck. But one disadvantage to these driveways is that when they are laid, their edges are typically left uneven. You can remedy this problem by edging them. All you will need are a few good tools, materials, and instructions such as those you'll find below:
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Concrete saw
- Concrete mix
- Stone block
- Stone dust
- Dust mask
- Mason's chalk line
- 3 inch spikes
- Cold chisel
- Mason's trowel
Step 1 – Dig a Trench along the Edge of Your Driveway
Use a square mouth shovel and dig a shallow trench alongside one edge of your driveway, next to the asphalt edge. The trench should be slightly wider than the width of the stone you'll be placing in it, and half as deep as the height of the stone block.
Step 2 – Snap a Line on Your Driveway
Drive 2, 4 inch nails into the asphalt of your driveway 2 inches in from the edge, one near the top end of the driveway the other at the bottom end of the driveway. Tie the ends of your chalk line to these nails, stretch it taut, and snap chalk line.
Step 3 – Cut Off a Narrow Outside Piece of Your Driveway
Set up a concrete saw on your driveway near the top end of the chalk line you've made. Adjust the saw's blade depth to match the depth of your asphalt and cut along the chalk line with your saw.
Step 4 – Remove the Waste Aphalt
Use your square mouth spade to remove the piece of asphalt you've cut loose from the driveway. Set the spade blade tip into the slot created by your saw, then pry outward to separate this asphalt from the driveway. Remove the waste asphalt from the trench
Step 5 – Cut the New Edge Even
With your 4 inch cold chisel and sledgehammer trim the uneven edges of the driveway, so the edge is even. Be sure this edge is plumb. If the bottom edge is set in, past plumb, even better. This will ensure that the stone edging will fit tight against the driveway edge when it is placed there.
Step 6 – Place Concrete and Stone Block
Mix up a small batch (enough for 6 to 8 stone blocks) of concrete and pour into the top section of your trench, with the concrete at a one-inch depth. Lay your first stone in the concrete. Level it and position it against the edge of your driveway. Add more stone blocks, end-to-end until you reach the last of the concrete you poured. Pour more concrete in the trench behind the stone blocks and level it to match the driveway level. Use the same procedure to edge the other side of the driveway. Finally, fill in any remaining space with soil and sod you removed earlier