Last Updated on August 8, 2020
With grass growing into my fences on my farm, I needed a way to control it. Today, I want to show you how to keep grass from growing under a fence.
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How to Keep Grass From Growing Under Our Fence
On our farm we use a polywire electric fence system with step-in posts to keep our animals in. One of the great things about this type of fence system is that it’s easy to put up and it can be taken down or moved if necessary.
But one of the problems that we have is grass growing up into the fence. This is especially problematic with an electric fence because it can cause them to short out.
So, if you are looking to keep grass from growing under a fence, there are a few options.
Spraying Natural Weed Killer Under a Fence
One option is to spray weed killer under the fence. Normally, I wouldn’t want to do this because we don’t use synthetic pesticides on our farm, especially with animals grazing right up to the fence.
However, it is possible to use a natural weed killer, especially when you are dealing with livestock or other animals.
For that, I recommend this Doctor Kirchner Natural Weed & Grass Killer.
Because of the amount of fence I have on my farm, I needed a different solution though.
Using a Weed Barrier Under a Fence
For permanent fences and shorter fence runs, you can use a weed barrier like this Dewitt 4-foot by 50-foot roll. The great thing about this is that it’s somewhat permanent and means there is little maintenance required.
Simply stake it down under your fence and it will prevent grass and other weeds from growing.
Again, because of the amount of fence I have on my farm, I needed a different solution.
Using a Weed Eater Under a Fence
Another option is using a weed eater to trim the grass under the fence. And if you are going to do this, I highly recommend this Husqvarna 128LD 17″ String Trimmer
I personally own this string trimmer and love it. I’ve never had any issues with it and it always fires right up.
However, with the type of polywire fence I use, I found that it gets wrapped up in my fences and breaks it. I also use plastic posts with a lot of my fences and a weed eater can break those as well.
If you have metal posts and metal fence wire, this can be a great option for you. But for me, I needed something that would work well for the type of fence system I use.
Moving the Fence
If your fence is temporary like a lot of mine are, you could move the fence and mow where it previously was.
However, I have found that in the middle of the summer, especially when it’s hot and the ground is dried out, the posts are hard to pull out and even harder to put back into the ground.
And with the amount of fence I have, this would be a huge pain. I needed a simpler solution than this.
Using the Greenworks Hedge Trimmer Under a Fence
This is a Greenworks Hedge Trimmer. Normally, this is used from trimming hedges but I have found that I can bend it all the way around and hold it like a weed eater.
I have been able to use it to trim underneath my fence without damaging the fence because, if I bump the fence with it, the blades are on the side and it won’t cut the fence. And, if I accidentally bump the the posts, it doesn’t damage them either.
The downside with this is that I wish it bent a little farther and made more of an “L” so I didn’t have to bend down as much when I trim under the fence.
Regardless of this, it still works great for me. I will typically spend around an hour or so trimming fences with it. For me personally, I just don’t make an entire day out of it because it will hurt my back.
It’s also battery-powered which means I don’t have to listen to a gas engine while using it.
Because of these features, I have found that this works best for the type of fence I have along with the amount of fence that I have.
These are all of the options for how to keep grass from growing under a fence. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments.
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