How to Install Cobblestone Driveway Edging
Cobble stone is made hand cut, densely compressed stone and lava made deep under the Earth’s surface, so a cobblestone driveway can last many lifetimes. Cobblestone is one of the most durable stones on Earth, and is used for building houses, walls, patios, driveways and more. Cobblestone, aside from being so durable, is also considered as one of the most beautiful additions that can be made to your home.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- A Hoe
Step 1 - Prep Driveway Sides for Instillation
Make sure that there is no plant life where you are going to lay down the cobblestone. You can achieve this by digging up grass and pulling weeds. Make sure that no plant life is going to grow underneath the cobblestone, because plant life can push up the finished product, making it uneven. Spray weed killer after pulling all plant life, just to ensure that everything is dead, but this is purely optional. Lay the cobblestone over the top of the Earth surface, so visitors can admire the natural beauty on all sides of the cobblestones, but in this case, we are installing the cobblestone so that only the tops of the stone are showing. To do this, dig a trench that is 6 to 8 inches deep, along the entire driveway with the shovel.
Step 2 - Level the Trench
Use the hoe to level the entire trench, and make a slight slope from the top to the bottom of the driveway, to help water drain away from the cobblestones. Water will not damage the cobblestones, but it is possible that sitting water will result in the cobblestones sinking into the dirt, making it uneven.
Step 3 - Install the Sand
Lay about 1 inch of sand throughout the entire trench, and water lightly to help the sand settle. Laying sand is optional, but it will help the cobblestone hold its place, and will help with drainage, therefore, elongating the lifespan of your cobblestone placement.
Step 4 - Laying the Cobblestone
How you lay the cobblestones will give your driveway many different looks, whether you decide to lay them long, or tall ways, is purely up to you because instillation is the same for any placement. Starting from the top of the driveway, lay the cobblestone as close together as possible to ensure that the cobblestone will not shift or move. As you lay the Cobblestone bricks, fill the cracks between them with sand by dropping sand in, and sweeping the excess sand off until the crack is completely filled. After you feel that all of the cracks are filled, wet the Cobblestone edging, and repeat this step until the sand does not sink anymore.
Step 5 - Finishing Up
Now that the sand does not sink anymore, your cobblestone edging is complete. The cobblestone can withstand any weather, and does not budge easily if installed properly. Keep excess sand handy in case some instance requires you to replace the sand. Replacement of stones will most likely never be necessary, but replacing sand can be needed over many years of heavy winds.