Gravel driveways require little maintenance and are typically pleasing to the eye. Some homeowners put borders or edging around them to add design and style and contain the gravel. Gravel moving from your driveway into your yard can inflict serious harm. For instance, stones can damage the blades of lawnmowers and be lifted into the air, potentially harming cars and people. You can use a variety of materials to border your driveway; the process is fairly simple.
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Wood is a popular border material, as it's sturdy and durable and often complements the look of the gravel. Wood can be a cost-effective option, states the Driveway Expert website. You can simply dig a trench along the driveway and set the pieces of wood down inside. Avoid burying too much of the wood, as this causes it to rot. However, wood typically lasts only about 5 to 10 years because it tends to rot, even if it has been treated. Railroad ties usually last longer; however, wood is probably not the best permanent solution.
Brick is generally sturdy and weather resistant, which makes it an ideal driveway border. Simply line the brick along the driveway. The brick will contain the gravel and add a nice style element to your driveway. You can lay the brick in one layer along the driveway or build a wall by placing a few bricks on top of each other. However, be cautious when choosing the height of the wall -- if it's more than a few layers, car doors may be damaged if they strike the brick. Brick comes in a variety of colors and styles, including those with scalloped edges.
Stone may complement gravel best, as they're both made of essentially the same material. To create the border, run large stones along the side of the driveway in a single layer or lay a few stones on top of each other. One drawback to using stones is that they can have sharp or ragged edges that can cause damage or injury when you're walking or driving next to them. They can also be costly. If you have a long driveway or cannot afford stone, choose a more affordable option, such as wood.
Heather Vecchioni is a freelance writer in Maryland. Her work has appeared in several animal-interest magazines, as well as Baltimore-area newspapers and publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Maryland. She has worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years and has been writing and editing professionally for over five.