Driveway edgings can be a very nice design element. The use of them can be interesting, creative, and functional.
Most edgings that I am going to discuss apply to driveways that have a surface such as asphalt, concrete, pavers, brick and also loose stone.
Edgings can be optional, but driveways constructed of loose stone need edgings to hold the stone in place. Otherwise the stones will migrate into the lawn or beds, creating a very sloppy appearance.
If you are looking to cut down on costs but need something to hold the pebbles in place, consider a simple steel edging, which is not very visible. (See picture at bottom of page.)
Driveway edgings can be either flat or raised, although those that are higher than the driveway stand out more.
Asphalt Driveway With Belgian Block Edging
The driveway for this home is asphalt. Although not shown, further up on the driveway is a paver circle kit to add some interest.
The edging here is purely decorative but certainly is a nice feature, although it adds on considerable to the driveway cost.
It stands out nicely against the simplicity of the main driveway material.
See driveway designs in 3D for some additional ideas.
Raised edgings are set so that they extend above the paving.The ground on the other side, whether it be lawn or planting beds, is normally at the height of the blocks or a little lower.
This is a loose stone driveway with steel edging, which is very unobtrusive, yet holds the stone in place.
This type of edging is set into the ground below grade and is about an inch or so above the ground.
There should be lawn, mulch or plants on the
Any edging that is dry laid will be less expensive than if set in concrete. Comparing different material costs, assuming they are being laid in a similar manner, the list goes as follows:(This is from least expensive to most expensive.)
Pavers - Brick - Belgian Block
See actual costs of belgian block used with a tar and chip driveway.
For a raised edging used with loose stone, steel would be the least costly.
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