Grass Trimming Without Damaging Your Wood Privacy Fence

Wood privacy fences accomplish two things – they provide you with the privacy that you want and keep your children and pets in your yard. One problem that they do create is difficulties trimming the grass around them. How do you trim grass around your wood privacy fence without causing damage to the wood? Is there a way to keep the grass from growing directly below the fence? Below, you will find some ideas that can help you eliminate the common problem.

Make a Shield

Pick up a sheet of metal from your local home improvement store. What you want is a piece that is several feet long, say 6' by a few inches tall, like 4". You don't want the metal sheet to be too heavy for you to move around so that you can easily reposition it as you work your way around the fence. Slide this shield against your fence as you are trimming the grass. It is thin enough to slide against the fence without trapping too much of the grass and weeds against the fence, but durable enough to protect the fence from being damaged by the weed trimmer.

Create a Border

Creating a border around your fence will take some time to complete, but it is a long-term fix to a problem that won't otherwise go away.

Dig a trench that is about 6" deep by no less than 3" wide. This will create a 3" gap between the grass and the fence so that you can easily trim the grass leading up to the edge without worrying about damaging the fence at all.

Once you have the trench dug, line it with permeable landscape fabric. Use metal anchors to hold the fabric in place.

After the lining is in place, you have a few choices of how you will refill the trench. Many homeowners choose to mulch this area, but wood mulch isn't the best option for a project such as this. Wood mulch will grow artillery mold as the wood ages. The artillery mold shoots mold spores up in the air that will land on the fence and begin to root. Even after you clean those spores off of your fence, you will be left with tiny black specks that don't look very nice.

Instead of using wood mulch, you can use rocks or any kind, rubber mulch or if you really want to go with wood mulch, use mulch that is made of bark rather than wood. Even the bark mulch will need to be replaced at least once each year, where the rubber mulch or rocks will last several seasons with little need for attention.

Talk with your local fencing professional to learn more ways to protect your fencing from damage.

For a fence contractor, contact a company such as York Fence.