How to Border a Driveway With Landscape Timbers
- Dig a trench next to the driveway using a hand-held hoe or garden spade. …
- Use a 2x4 to stamp the ground flat, level, and compact inside the trench. …
- Lay the first course of the landscape timbers in the trench side by side with the ends pushed closely together.
You can border the driveway with a single course of landscape timbers or stack multiple timbers to create a short wall border. Use the timbers to separate the driveway from the lawn or to border the driveway and a flower bed. 1 Measure the landscape timber height and the height of the driveway surface from the ground.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you install landscape timbers on a driveway?
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How do you use landscape timbers as edging?
Place the timbers of the first course in the trench and butt the ends together tightly. Use a level to check that the timbers sit level. Add or remove soil below the timbers to level them as needed. Tamp down and compact any added soil.
What do you use for driveway edging?
Belgian block, brick, or stone pavers are the most common choices for flat edging. One of two rows of contrasting color on either side will clearly identify the border of your driveway and the lawn. You could also create a basket-weave or other type of pattern to add visual appeal.
How big should a border be on a driveway?
Border a driveway with landscape timbers for an informal, yet finished, appearance. Most landscape timbers are affordable and come in a variety of different woods. A straight driveway is especially suited to a landscape timber border of 8-foot-long pieces of timber.
How to make a driveway with landscape timbers?
Drill holes through the landscape timbers for the landscape spikes. Use a bit that is the appropriate width for the spikes and long enough to go through the entire timber. Drill two holes in each timber with each hole 8 to 12 inches away from the ends of the timber.
What kind of wood should I use to border my driveway?
Cedar, cypress, and redwood are typically rot-resistant when placed next to soil. A cheaper alternative could be to opt for pressure-treated wood, which also resists decay. Installing end caps on your wooden posts will also cut down on the possibility of erosion and rotting.
What's the best way to install a timber border?
You can secure the pieces together with screws driven at an angle through both pieces (drill pilot holes first), or you can bend a 90-degree corner brace to match the custom angle, and install the brace with screws. Secure the timber border to the ground with rebar, if desired.