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Being able to drive over garden edging is not the most traditional of edging requirements. However, being able to take the weight of a vehicle can become essential in some scenarios.
This is especially so if garden spaces border driveways or tight parking bays. The bumping sensation of mounting a low kerb will prevent you from squashing decorative borders.
Summer also provides the opportunity for driveways to overflow on to large lawns. This can be extremely useful during large family events and get-togethers.
In such cases it is advantageous to have garden edging which will easily take the weight of vehicles. Even if this idea is solely for the purpose of extended durability and longevity it is valid.
Either way, in this article I will list the top six garden edgings you can drive over.
Granite setts have been utilised for their aesthetic qualities and durability for centuries. Their high, compressive, strength made them the preferred surface for streets and roadways historically.
Even today granite is still used extensively for public landscape installations and streetscapes. Granite setts can make the perfect drive over garden edging for lawns and flower beds.
However, like all durable building materials they are only as robust as the base they are laid upon. Make sure your granite setts are laid on a strong mortar mix on top of a compacted sub-base.
Kerb edgings come in a wide variety of edging products. Typically constructed of concrete, these are installed as edgings to driveways, steps, lawns and flower borders.
Many kerb edging products are designed to accompany block paving driveways. Typical examples include bull nose edging kerbs and chamfered edging kerbs.
These can be set in deeply around driveways to provide shallow, drive over, retaining edges.
Block paving is well known for its extensive use as a driveway paving surface. However, these, robust, blocks can also make effective drive over edging.
Pavers can either be used as an edging flush with surrounding levels or flipped vertically on edge. With an average thickness of 60mm, block paving forms a robust drive over edge for multiple scenarios.
These must be laid on a strong mortar mix upon a well compacted sub-base. Block edges must also be well haunched in with mortar to provide extra stability.
Brick on edge
Bricks have always been a great material for edging gardens and driveways. One of the most popular methods of doing this is a brick on edge.
However, installing a raised brick edging as a drive over edge may not be a good idea. This is because the corners of clay bricks can easily break and chip under excessive force.
For raised brick edges therefore a more durable brick such as an engineering brick would be best. Consequently laying brick edgings flush with surrounding surfaces is the best drive over option.
Thick steel edging
Most garden steel edgings are not durable enough to drive over. However there are now some products on the market which are ideal for driveways.
These are normally around 6mm thick and have robust anchoring systems. These are ideal if you want a thin but strong edging which is generally unnoticeable.
If you want a robust edging made out of timber then your best option is probably sleepers.
Not only can these be installed lengthways they can also be set into concrete vertically. This provides you the added option of forming organic shapes and curves.
If based properly, sleepers will take the weight of a vehicle. However, bear in mind, timber sleepers will eventually degrade. This could lead to sinking and breaking after around a decade.
I would always recommend masonry and concrete materials for drive over edging.
Thank you for reading our article on the best drive over edgings. If you require edging installation services do not hesitate to contact us. We cover most of Buckinghamshire with typical project locations including:
Amersham, Aylesbury, Bovingdon, Chalfont, Chesham, Hyde Heath, Great Missenden, Princes Risborough, High Wycombe, Penn, Beaconsfield, Tring, Gerrard's Cross and Denham.
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