How to Border Existing Driveways With Pavers

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Creating a paver border along an existing concrete pad, such as a driveway, requires digging out the area around the driveway and pouring additional cement. The stability of the driveway is not sacrificed, but to ensure that the pavers do not separate from the existing cement pad, the subsurface must be stable. Pouring a concrete subsurface will keep the pavers held in place firmly while not affecting the appearance or drainage of the driveway.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Concrete mixture
  • Bucket or mixing barrel
  • Notched trowel
  • Pavers
  • Rubber mallet
  • Level
  • Dig out a trench along the edges of the existing concrete driveway to a width slightly wider than the width of the pavers and a depth of 2 inches deeper than the height of the pavers.

  • Mix a concrete mixture, which is small gravel mixed with concrete, with water in a bucket or mixing barrel.

  • Pour the mixed concrete into the ditch to a depth of 2 inches. Smooth the concrete over with the smooth edge of the notched trowel.

  • Lay the pavers out starting closest to the start of the driveway. Drag the notched edge of the trowel over the wet concrete to create grooves that run parallel to the driveway.

  • Drop the pavers into position. Tap the pavers down with a rubber mallet until the pavers are flush with the surface of the existing concrete. Level the pavers so that the angle of the pavers matches the angle of the driveway. Tap each paver block until it's properly leveled.

Tips & Warnings

  • The concrete subsurface will ideally squeeze out on the edge of the paver opposite the direction of the driveway creating additional area for the paver to grab. The concrete squeezeout will be covered by grass after the structure is complete. You can pour some additional concrete surrounding the outer edges of the pavers up to halfway up the height of the pavers to create even more stability for the border. Dirt and grass will cover the poured concrete when complete.

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