If you have a gravel driveway, preventing the stones from spreading onto your lawn or other parts of your garden is essential.

Cars moving over driveways tend to kick up gravel, so creating a firm definition with proper edging can help maintain a neater appearance.

Gravel driveway edging ideas come in many forms. In this post, we cover some of the best ways to keep your gravel in place. 

 

Steel edging

Among the very best gravel driveway edging ideas is thick steel.

To begin with, this type of driveway edging system is very robust. Manufactured from mild steel in 16mm sections, it is sturdy enough to put up with the rigours of being installed at the border of a driveway.

Indeed, you can fit it then almost forget it’s there because it will last for a very long time without any requirements to keep it maintained – unlike railway sleepers or other wooden edging systems, for example.

Even better, if you strim your borders or mow your lawn close to this type of edging, it can withstand the pressure of your garden lawn mower. Given how neat it keeps gravel drives, this system is virtually unbeatable.

You can choose to have your steel edging professionally installed or do it yourself with an installation kit delivered directly to your door. Once it’s welded into place, it’s incredibly strong, and you can expect it to last for many years. 

 

Brick edging

Brick edging is one of those driveway border ideas that offers great versatility. This is because bricks can be arranged in numerous ways and come in various colours and finishes.

However, bricks aren’t always the most cost-effective solution due to the intensity of the skilled labour required to lay them.

It makes sense if you are completely remodelling your garden and driveway, but it’s not cost-effective to lay new bricks next to an old path – and it will probably look out of place too.

Consider also that unless the bricks are raised to create a lip, it’s unlikely to stop your gravel from spilling out onto your lawn. 

 

Concrete edging

Raised concrete sections on either side of your driveway will do a perfectly good job of keeping your gravel in place. However, there are some disadvantages to this sort of border system.

Concrete expands and contracts in heat and cold. To prevent it from cracking, you will need to break it up into sections with gaps to allow it to expand.

It’s not everyone’s idea of a good-looking material, but it is a relatively inexpensive solution. This is because you can pour it into place in one go rather than needing to lay it by hand. 

 

Plastic edging

One of the simplest driveway edging ideas for keeping gravel where it should be is plastic edging strips. These can be easily pushed into the ground on either side of the drive to form a lip so the stones cannot escape.

Plastic edges only take a few minutes to install. Indeed, you can pull them out of the ground to reshape your driveway as and when required. But there are some downsides to consider with plastic edging.

Firstly, some people do not like the presence of plastic in their gardens because it can look cheap. Worse still, plastic isn’t durable enough to stand up to the weight of a car rolling over it. In fact, even treading on one can break it, costing you money to repair or replace it.

So, though it may seem like value for money, it could end up costing you more in the long run. 

 

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