Have you been responsible when it comes to maintaining your fence? Fence maintenance goes beyond making sure your fence looks beautiful and isn’t full of cracks or sags. Weeding can be a tedious and tiresome task, and the wet conditions from early fall rains could encourage them to grow out of control. If you haven’t been doing enough to prevent weeds growing around your fence, here are some fence maintenance tips to give you that edge.
What pavers do you prefer? If you use bricks, that’s fantastic. If you’d rather use natural stone fashioned into tiles, those are smart choices too. Either way, using pavers can stop weeds before they can make your fence their new home. Also, by adding some pavers to your yard, you can slow down the growth rate of your grass, meaning you don’t need to mow the lawn as often. With colder weather on the way, no one wants to spend too long out in their yard doing fence maintenance work. If you’re concerned about the aesthetics of the pavers, don’t worry! You spruce up the look of the pavers using some potted plants and flowers to help give your fence that can’t-miss pop of color.
Once you get rid of weeds and other plant life that are gathered on or around your fence, it’s time to use some mulch. Mulching can lend a textured appearance similar to the one provided by brick or stone pavers. Try using wood chips or shards of bark. By creating a layer of mulch that is approximately 3 or 4 inches thick, you can block sunlight from getting to the grass. While this sounds unhealthy, you can use this tactic to delay grass growth, and with it, slow the spread of weeds.
Herbicides can be another way to keep weeds from choking your fence. For best results, use what is known as a glyphosate herbicide. This herbicide will target weeds and grass while leaving your flowers and other decorative plants alone. By using the herbicide, you can reduce how many weeds you see. A bonus effect is that you won’t need to spend as much time trimming or tending the area around your fence posts. Less time spent attending to the fence posts means even less fence maintenance work for you.
Covering the Ground
One last method you can try is to dig up all of the plant life around your fence and then put down a ground cover, which can either be periwinkles or creeping phlox. If your home’s landscape has the feel of a jungle, these covers can help enhance that overall aesthetic. At most, the ground covers will grow to be about 8 inches, and they’ll keep weeds from coming back.
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