Dig straight down 1 to 2 inches deep along the string with a sharp garden spade. Remove the grass along the fence line with the spade. Use caution so you don’t bend the bottom edge of the chain link fence.
Spray a premixed glyphosate herbicide on any remaining grass under the fence that you cannot reach with the spade, says the University of California. Apply the herbicide directly to the grass on a day with no wind, as wind will carry the herbicide to other plants in the area.
Mark a line at least 6 inches into the yard from the fence line using stakes and string. Measure the distance between the fence and the string in several locations to get an even line. Mark the same distance on the outside of the fence if the structure isn’t located right on your property line. This string marks the edge of the area you will mulch.
A chain link fence offers a functional solution for defining your property line and securing your yard space, but the structure adds to your regular lawn maintenance routine. Because your lawnmower cannot reach weeds and grass that grow under the fence, you have the added step of using a string trimmer to keep the greenery under control. Stopping grass from growing under the fence makes maintenance easier and gives the fence line a clean look. For a finished look, use mulch or rocks under the fence to prevent the grass from growing.
Trim the landscape fabric to the width of the exposed soil and position it on the soil under and around the fence line, instructs Today’s Homeowner. Press landscape staples about a foot apart through the edges of the fabric to hold it in place.
To separate the soil from the roots, knock the plant against something until the roots are exposed. Rinse them off with water.
Gently water each plant to help the soil settle around its roots.
Clemson Cooperative Extension states that most liriope varieties grow between 10 and 18 inches tall and that Liriope muscari typically grows 12 to 18 inches wide. Garden Down South recommends dividing liriope if it grows too large.
What You’ll Need To Keep Grass From Growing Under Your Fence By Planting Liriope Muscari As A Border
A weed barrier will block grass under fence. Instead of repeatedly trimming or spraying the grass, you can enjoy a tidy look with little effort for years. Though plastic and rubber barriers are available, bricks and plant borders are more environmentally friendly.
Clemson Cooperative Extension says to plant liriope one foot apart. Different varieties, however, may have different spacing requirements. If you buy new liriope plants, follow the spacing directions they come with.
Plant each division in a spot you prepared, being careful not to bury the root crown.
How To Keep Grass From Growing Under Your Fence By Planting Liriope Muscari As A Border – Step By Step
Before propagating any plant asexually (such as by division or cuttings), make sure it isn’t patented.
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I have an antisocial neighbour that has lived there several years. They are unapproachable and live in a hovel. I have nettles and bindweed invading my flower border. I try to pull up what I can, but there is a network of spaghetti roots in the soil and under the fence between us. Sometimes I end up pulling up my own plants. I also have tried spraying with weed killer and again have to be careful of my own plants, especially the woody shrubs etc. Any tips please?
i have also bee told to brush spirit vinegar or wite spirit on teh leaves and that will kill it.. i am going to attempt this once the rain stops for a few days.. will let ya know if it works.
@clairecat.. i appreciate your problem i hve it coming from both sides.. neither neighbour likes gardening (makes me wonder why they bought houses with lots of land attached in the first place) i have just learnt ot live with it and weed it all out.. the slates down in the ground to work on the bine weed etc.. it stops it traveling as they cant get through, i also suffer ground elder.. it works for that too. but there is little we can do about it really.. i have given up asking mine to cut back the brambles and shrubs.. so i just do it my self and put it back on their side.. as i have to
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Get in touch with your council. They can serve an enforcement notice on your neighbours getting them to sort themselves out. It doesn’t matter if it’s a privately-owned house or council house, they can take the owners to court, if they won’t do it themselves, the council will do it and charge the house owners.