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    Driveway edging? Steel or?

    My gravel driveway has apparently gotten wider over time. It is now up to 16 feet wide in some places. What should be grass sloping away from the driveway is driveway. So this weekend I dug up the side of the driveway to bring it back where it belongs. Now I want to do something to edge the entire length of the driveway to keep it all pretty and contained. Way too much driveway for railroad ties, landscape timbers, or 6x6s. So I think what I want to use is steel edging. It will flexible enough to shape properly, and strong enough to not fall apart in a week. The best I can find looks like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/COL-MET-...814B/100137006

    I figure I can hammer it a bit into the base layer. That and stakes should be pretty solid. I will backfill topsoil up to it on the lawn side, and crusher run on the driveway side. I don't want a lot sticking up, just enough to keep it separated.

    Any suggestions or other ideas?

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    Driveway looks great now I have zero experience with steel edging, canít help you there, but that driveway looks great.


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    Installing any kind of edging like that will end up a disaster. It will hold water not alowing it to drain and will just get dug up with snow plows.

    I've never seen edging of any sort used on gravel roads - been working on them at the state and township level for many years.

    A gravel road takes maintenance - plain and simple. Each spring it needs to be graded. You run the grader - or in our cases our tractors with an angled rear blade - and pull the edges back in and recreate the proper crown.
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    Ok, but this is a 12ft wide 150ft long driveway, not a county highway 😁.

    Without some form of hard edge, what do you suggest to keep the lawn and driveway separated?
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    I'd suggest some topsoil along the edge area you worked and some good grass-seed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goat704! View Post
    I'd suggest some topsoil along the edge area you worked and some good grass-seed.
    This right here ^^^^^^^ itís a pain every spring to clean up from plowing, but itís a necessary evil. I have a few spots I reseed every year.


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    I've done a lot of steel edging for gardens and to separate grass from rock. The ground will have fun heaving your edging. However you had it situated in the fall, by spring it will look entirely different. It will also push up the pins that you use to hold it in place. I use a sledgehammer vertically to pound them all back in every spring. With a driveway that long, you'll get tired of that sledgehammer.

    I've found that I have to overlap the edging by a few inches and secure the joint to keep it stable. I drill a couple of holes through both pieces where they join and put a couple of galvanized bolts through them. If I don't, they won't stay aligned and you'll have a sharp corner sticking up at every joint. Drilling this many joints for a long driveway will make you insane. The steel is not easy to drill through. I would avoid steel edging.

    Other ideas: Pavers might not cost much more than edging, and might even be easier to install. They need to be flush or you'll be hitting them with the snowblower/plow blade. Several of my neighbors have put in these continuous pour concrete separators around landscape features on their property. They sure look nice. They should be a lot cheaper than a concrete driveway, but probably still expensive.
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    what would be wrong with sloping the grass side too. then sow grass to that. that way u wouldn't have such a drop off at the yard side. that would save ya the time and money of edging-and i agree the frost is gonna heave it each yr, and i bet u would hit the edging mowing-at least that would be my luck. just my 2cts. i wished i knew how to use my putal to draw it out on ur pic. might explain it easier than of what i'm trying to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    Installing any kind of edging like that will end up a disaster. It will hold water not alowing it to drain and will just get dug up with snow plows.

    I've never seen edging of any sort used on gravel roads - been working on them at the state and township level for many years.

    A gravel road takes maintenance - plain and simple. Each spring it needs to be graded. You run the grader - or in our cases our tractors with an angled rear blade - and pull the edges back in and recreate the proper crown.


    Quote Originally Posted by goat704! View Post
    I'd suggest some topsoil along the edge area you worked and some good grass-seed.
    Quote Originally Posted by PJR832 View Post
    This right here ^^^^^^^ it’s a pain every spring to clean up from plowing, but it’s a necessary evil. I have a few spots I reseed every year.


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    I agree completely. I think the edging will become a full time job. If you get a good stand of grass going and keep it graded back to center and crowned it will work well. As Pat says there will still be areas you have to reseed from damage getting it back to center. I love the look of the driveway but can’t tell from the photo, Does it have enough fines or clay to keep it compacted? It just looks loose.
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    What Keane said.

    If you go steel; find a landscape supplier that sells 10' x 4" sticks of the stuff and the stakes in boxes of 500 or more.
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