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weeds growing between fences

Weeds growing between fences

If you want to avoid using even household chemicals, then look no further then boiling water for getting rid of weeds near fences and other complicated areas. You can simply dump boiling water on troublesome weeds in tight spaces or you can hire a professional trained in using boiling water or steam machines for weed control. While you can also rent these machines, hiring a trained professional can save you some burns.

Some weed killers efficiently kill perennial and woody weeds after a couple weeks, or a couple applications. These herbicides are absorbed by the foliage and root zone of weeds, eventually killing the weed off. However, in tight areas like along a fence, spray drift and run off can harm any nearby desirable plants, including your neighbor’s beautiful garden on the other side of the fence.

Hand pulling is not always possible in hard to reach areas. Before running to the hardware store or garden center for harsh chemicals, take a look in your kitchen for some other weed killing options. Bleach, table salt, vinegar, and rubbing alcohol all kill weeds without stretching your pocketbook. All can be sprayed or dumped directly on the pesky weeds. When using vinegar on weeds, try to use one with an acidity of 20 percent or higher.

Just when you think all your weeding is done, you go to put your tools away and spot the unsightly mat of weeds between your shed and fence. Tired and absolutely sick of weeds, you head straight for a bottle of herbicide. While this just might do the trick, there are other, earth-friendlier options for weed control in tight places.

Removing Weeds from Tight Spots

Whenever possible, pulling annual and some perennial weeds works best. In tight, hard-to-reach spaces, long handled or hula hoes may be your greatest ally. Once removed, weeds can be prevented with pre-emergent herbicides, like corn meal or corn gluten. Lay thick, contractor quality weed barrier fabric and cover it with 2 to 3 inches (5-8 cm.) of rock or mulch for future weed control in tight spaces.

One last method of pest and weed control in tight places is soil solarization. Soil solarization is the process of covering the soil and/or weeds with a thick, clear plastic tarp. The sun then heats up the area under the clear plastic tarp to temperatures that kill weeds and other pests. Soil solarization works best when performed during the hottest part of the year and in locations that are mostly sunny.

How to Remove Weeds in Tight Spaces

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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?

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.