How To Edge Your Driveway With Paving Stones

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If you have an asphalt driveway, you might want to add a little style to it by edging it with stone pavers. This is a great way to give it a little color and texture, and separate the driveway from your front yard. Here are instructions on edging the driveway with paving stones:

Gather Your Supplies

The first step to any home building or remodeling project is gathering up the supplies you will need. This list may include some items you already have available, so cross those out and pick up the remaining items at your local hardware store. For edging a driveway with paving stone, you will need a few items:

  • Paving stones
  • Paving base
  • Chalk line
  • Cut-off saw
  • Sledgehammer
  • Garden spade
  • Chisel
  • Broom
  • Rubber mallet
  • Mason's trowel
  • Concrete mix
  • Tub
  • Hoe

Mark the Edge

If you attempt to lay the pavers down on the edge of your driveway without marking it first, you risk them being uneven. This will be very obvious to see once the job is complete.

To avoid this and be sure you have straight lines, you can use chalk to mark the area. Chalk line is very easy to use and only takes one quick snap of the fingers. Secure one end of the chalk line at the top of the driveway by using a nail, then bring the other end to the bottom of the driveway, securing that end. Be sure the string is straight and taut.

Then go to the middle of the line and snap it. This will cause the line to make a marking at the edge of your driveway.

Prepare the Trenches

Instead of placing the paving stones directly on the driveway or your yard, they are going to be placed in small trenches. This ensures they remain in position. Use your garden space to create a small trench going around the edge of your driveway. Be sure the trench is following the line you made with the chalk.

You want more than half of each paving stone to be beneath the surface of the driveway, so that is about how deep the trench should be. If you are setting your pavers in concrete, you need an additional inch or so to be dug.

Mix the Concrete

Concrete needs to be mixed if you plan to set the pavers in concrete. While this is optional, it is highly recommended because it allows the paving stones to sit in the trench without moving if they are stepped on or due to severe weather conditions.

Follow the instructions on your bag of concrete, which usually involves mixing with water in a large tub. Once it is mixed, add the concrete to the bottom of the trench, with just a thin layer of about an inch or so. You want to have some concrete left for backfilling.

Add the Paving Stones

While the concrete layer is still wet, begin adding the paving stones. You may need to move the stone back and forth slightly to set it right. Tap it to the depth you want by using your rubber mallet. The paving stone should be in the trench and resting alongside the edge of your asphalt driveway. Continue adding them on both sides of the driveway until all stones are used.

You can now add more concrete to backfill. This means you are filling in empty spaces with concrete. Your stones may not be the exact width of the trench, so you add some concrete behind them to fill in the trench completely.

Finishing Up

When you are done backfilling with concrete, get out your groom to sweep paver base into any remaining gaps you have around the paving stones. The concrete needs to be left for about a week or so to cure properly.

To learn more, contact a company like Robert R. Andreas & Sons Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.

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