Border for a gravel driveway

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Electra_Glide, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Electra_Glide

    Electra_Glide LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I have a prospective customer who wants to replace his existing gravel (limestone) driveway. The current driveway is too thin with lots of dirt and weeds. Pretty straightforward, but he wants some kind of "border" along the edges (that's as much as he knows). Most of the driveways around here like that have no borders, and I'm having a heck of a time coming up with something.

    Anybody got any good ideas?

    I'll be stopping by there this evening to get some pictures.

  2. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,112

    Any good faced wall block will do, or bullet edgers or R/R ties(yuk) or even paver blocks. Go look around your local rock yard or Hardscape supply place.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    another option woudl be steel edgeing....its uslly around 4" tall.

    Preassure treated 6x6 timbers...
  4. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Concrete curbing is a versatile choice.
    Just add some small rock aggregate in the areas prone to being driven over.
  5. Adam@SUNYCobleskill

    Adam@SUNYCobleskill LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    this summer i did my internship in the hamptons (long island) and about everybody and their brother had pea gravel driveways bordered with cobblestones that were mortered into the ground. It is pretty expensive and labor intensive, but it looks really clean. I also saw a lot of upright brick boarders that also looked really nice. Just my 2 cents...
  6. GearHead_1

    GearHead_1 LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 34

    This direction would get my vote. It not only looks good but is durable. If he can afford to put a nice piece of concrete down and you can put it down in the ground a bit 8" or so you also stop the grass from growing on the side where it shouldn't be. It's easy to trim against, holds the pea gravel where you want it and he won't be making the decision again next year. I really like concrete and can tell you everything there is to know about it. It comes down to three simple facts and this is all you will ever need to know about it:

    1 - Concrete will crack
    2 - Concrete won't burn
    3 - Your neighbors won't steel it.
  7. Electra_Glide

    Electra_Glide LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Here's the pictures.

    The drainage ditch in the 2nd picture was just put in by the town last week. The middle of the trench is the property line.

    Haven't come to any conclusions yet, but I know I don't want to use wood.



  8. GroundScapesIncorporated

    GroundScapesIncorporated LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Messages: 386

    Its a small driveway. Try and sale him a paver install.
  9. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Can't get the pic to work
  10. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Here's a shot from the side yard.

    WOW..... 2 things learned....
    camera phone has filthy lens.
    I need to be shopping for a boat trailer.


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