how to keep weeds from growing between fences

Yup. You caused the fence to rot by calling your lazy dumping of grass clippings, “compost”. I would hate to have you as a neighbor.

Anonymous wrote: I want to accomplish WITHOUT poisoning our groundwater. No poison chemicals for me. I have been using compost (previous cut grass) between the fences for past 20 yrs.Which has been working well for me.

Maybe I’ll test some Roundup in an area where I won’t be devastated if my plants die.

NOW our city Ordinance Dept. calls this “blight”. and expect me to remove it. Where were they when my neighbor put their now rotted down wooden privacy fence next to my chain link fence – backwards. I know its the responsibility of the person putting up the privacy fence to maintain weed control . I’ve been here 43 yrs. that house has seen owners come & go and now have renters . NONE of those people ever ‘weeded’ that space between our fences. It was always left up to me. I started this after a couple trees tried growing between our fences. Now What do I do?

NOW our city Ordinance Dept. calls this “blight”. and expect me to remove it. Where were they when my neighbor put their now rotted down wooden privacy fence next to my chain link fence – backwards. I know its the responsibility of the person putting up the privacy fence to maintain weed control . I’ve been here 43 yrs. that house has seen owners come & go and now have renters . NONE of those people ever ‘weeded’ that space between our fences. It was always left up to me. I started this after a couple trees tried growing between our fences. Now What do I do?

I want to accomplish WITHOUT poisoning our groundwater. No poison chemicals for me. I have been using compost (previous cut grass) between the fences for past 20 yrs.Which has been working well for me.

NOW our city Ordinance Dept. calls this “blight”. and expect me to remove it. Where were they when my neighbor put their now rotted down wooden privacy fence next to my chain link fence – backwards. I know its the responsibility of the person putting up the privacy fence to maintain weed control . I’ve been here 43 yrs. that house has seen owners come & go and now have renters . NONE of those people ever ‘weeded’ that space between our fences. It was always left up to me. I started this after a couple trees tried growing between our fences. Now What do I do?

You know why the fence rotted? Because some dumbass was dumping grass clippings and yard debris next to it for the last 20 years.

Yup. You caused the fence to rot by calling your lazy dumping of grass clippings, “compost”. I would hate to have you as a neighbor.

How to keep weeds from growing between fences

Spraying weeds growing between a fence and a shed usually clears the space for a season after one application. Some herbicides, such as glyphosate, are absorbed into the plant roots, which it then kills. To kill most annual and perennial weeds, dilute an 18 percent glyphosate product at a rate of 3 fluid ounces per gallon of water, or according to manufacturers’ instructions. For tough, woody plants, double the amount of product. It can take up to two weeks for plants to die.

Out of sight and out of mind, small spaces between sheds and fences are ideal areas for weeds to flourish. Controlling weeds in these difficult-to-reach areas is necessary to prevent seeds and roots infesting the rest of the garden. Manual control is possible as far as tools can reach, but spraying with chemicals may be the only solution for longer stretches of weeds. Mulching helps control weeds in the long term.

Controlling weeds by hand is cheaper than using chemicals and poses fewer risks to surrounding vegetation and wildlife. Working in the space between a fence and a shed can be difficult, but a long-handled hoe can reach as far as its own length — about 6 feet. If the weeds aren’t woody, scraping a hoe along the ground, cutting plant stems, usually kills annual weeds and separates perennial plants from their roots. Cutting down perennial plants repeatedly exhausts their roots and eventually kills them.

Choice of weed control methods depends on what kind of plant is causing the problem and the accessibility of the area. Where gardeners can reach, manual control usually kills annual weeds quickly, but perennial weeds return every year and often have deep and extensive root systems. These keep the plant growing even after its top growth has been cut down several times. Woody weeds that don’t die in fall are also difficult to kill. Their stems are hard to cut and usually resprout. You can eventually kill perennials and woody plants with frequent cutting, but in restricted areas, they’re more easily controlled by spraying with herbicides.

Chemical Control

Weeding is a never-ending chore in home gardens, but planned weed control makes the task easier. After killing weeds either manually or by spraying, cover the ground with weed-suppressing fabric to prevent weed regrowth. Spread a 2-inch layer of mulch, such as shredded bark, wood chippings or gravel, to keep the fabric in place. Weeds will germinate in the mulch, but monthly checks and hoeing or spraying weed seedlings helps keep the problem under control.

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