Last year I posted a turf tip on why it is so difficult to manage turf around sidewalks and driveways. I encourage you to read that post (Weed Management Next to Sidewalks and Driveways) as it provides recommendations for weed control, etc. in these areas as well as how to prevent weeds and encourage healthier turf in these spots.
Today's post is a little different. With the pictures below, I want to provide some of my common-sense suggestions on repairing/designing sidewalk areas around turf to help reduce long-term maintenance needs of these areas as well as increasing aesthetics. You might not agree with all of my recommendations, which is fine. However, I hope that you can agree that in most of the below scenarios there is a relatively simple solution (either now or to consider during construction) to reduce long-term maintenance costs.
Aaron Patton, Turfgrass Extension Specialist