Tips for edging a gravel drive

Updated November 21, 2016

Versatile and inexpensive, gravel drives offer an affordable, durable option for any homeowner. Problems are few and far between with gravel drives, one of the most common being grass or other plant life encroaching on the edges of the drive. Whether you prefer a simple, utilitarian method, or a more ornate method, edging a drive is an easy way to keep your gravel in line and the grass out of your way.


Determine the exact lines of the drive by measuring the width. Place markers on either side of the drive in 3-foot increments. The marking can also be done with spray paint, string and even garden hoses. This will help you keep the drive symmetrical. Rake or shovel any stray gravel back into the drive, 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 drive 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 drive. Take stock of how the drive is used. Factor severe weather into your shopping equation. This will save you time and effort after installation.

Edging the Drive

Know your tools. One handy tool often overlooked is the flat shovel. It will help create a clean, straight line. Work the drive in sections. Step back periodically to assess your work and make sure you are edging tightly to the drive. 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.

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