Rock Driveways- How To Make a Border

What You'll Need
A shovel. A trenching shovel will work best, but anything will work.

You’re planning a beautiful rock driveway, but you’re not sure how to finish it off with a border. This article will give you some ideas of what to use to create your border, and then list the steps you’ll need to lay out the border once you’ve decided what type of material you’ll be using. There are a variety of ways you can secure your driveway border. The 3 most popular and easiest methods are shown below:

  • Backfill after placement-This is the method this article will address.
  • Concrete or mortar setting
  • Setting the border material in sand and compacting.

Possible Choices of Materials

The list of materials you can use to create a border for your rock driveway is basically limited to the extent of your imagination. However, many people will want to use something that completely sets off the rock driveway, while others will want something that blends with it. A partial list of materials you can use to create a border is as follows:

  • Bricks-Bricks are very versatile. They can be placed lengthwise or on end in order to create smooth curves if you have created a driveway with curves.
  • Brick borders-You can find decorative bricks at the major home improvement warehouses that are designed specifically for use as borders.
  • Landscape bender board-This is a product that comes in 2 types, wood and plastic. The plastic variety comes in a roll, usually 25 feet or 50 feet long. It has a wood look to it, so will fit with most outdoor settings. The wooden type is a board, usually 8 or 10 feet in length.
  • Cobblestones-These washed and smoothed stones will blend well with most types of rock.
  • River rocks-These rocks will normally be of fairly uniform color, but will differ in size somewhat.

The Process

Step 1: Dig the Trench

Once you’ve finished laying, watering in and rolling the driveway, it’s time to begin forming the border. No matter which of the 3 listed methods you choose, the first step will be to dig a trench. The trench should be right up against your rock driveway. You should see the sides of the rocks as you dig the trench. The depth of the trench should be between 1/3 and ½  of the height of the border material you’ve chosen. This is to ensure that your border of choice won’t be easily knocked over or ruined by accidentally being run over.

Step 2: Place the Material

In this step you will lay out the actual border material in the trench. If you’re using rock or stone of any type, you may want to look them over and see if you can create any sort of decorative patterns that’ll blend with or set off the rest of the driveway.

Step 3: Backfill and Pack

Once the border material is set, it’s time to backfill the trench to secure the new border. In this step, you will scrape or shovel some of the dirt back into the trench and pack it tight against and around your border material. Most people will want to have at least 1/3 of the material covered, with approximately ¼ of it above the level of the driveway rock.

This article has given you some ideas for types of material to use in creating a border for your new rock driveway, as well as a quick and easy method of creating a solid border which will last for years with easy routine maintenance.