Versatile and inexpensive, gravel driveways offer an affordable, durable option for any homeowner. Problems are few and far between with gravel driveways, one of the most common being grass or other plant life encroaching on the edges of the driveway. Whether you prefer a simple, utilitarian method, or a more ornate method, edging a driveway is an easy way to keep your gravel in line and the grass out of your way.
Determine the exact lines of the driveway by measuring the width. Place markers on either side of the driveway in 3-foot increments. The marking can also be done with spray paint, string and even garden hoses. This will help you keep the driveway symmetrical. Rake or shovel any stray gravel back into the driveway, opening up the space you will use for your edging. Gather your tools and supplies, such as shovels, edging materials and gloves.
Types of Edging
Asses what type of edging will suit your project. Simple metal edging will keep your driveway intact, but offers no decorative appeal. Other types of edging serve a decorative purpose, but may be impractical for your needs. Research types of edging at a hardware store. Measure the space surrounding your driveway. Take stock of how the driveway is used. Factor severe weather into your shopping equation. This will save you time and effort after installation.
Edging the Driveway
Know your tools. One handy tool often overlooked is the flat shovel. It will help create a clean, straight line. Work the driveway in sections. Step back periodically to assess your work and make sure you are edging tightly to the driveway. Once the edging is in place, consider applying an herbicide. This will keep the edging clean, which will make it easier to tell if the edging is shifting or requires any adjustment.