How to Keep Grass from Growing Under a Fence
I think you’ll find after watching this month’s episode you can apply this idea somewhere in your yard. Whether you want to or not is a different story! Ha!
Ever since I’ve been mowing around this fence I’ve wished for an easier way to navigate around the 4x4s on the back side. It’s a lot of picking up the mower and moving it into place to mow as much of the grass as possible. Then there’s the front side. To get a close mow, I’m practically scraping the fence with the mower tire each week.
Enter leftover bricks!
Bricks were the perfect size for my application. When they’re lined up with the 4×4 posts on the back, there’s still some sticking out on the front. But the real trick in getting this solution to work is to make the bricks level with the ground, not the top of the grass.
Measure, Mark, Dig
So Shelby and I started by measuring and marking our digging lines on both front and back of the fence. We used wooden stakes and string. We then used square point shovels to dig out a couple inches of dirt the entire length of the fence.
Once most of the dirt was removed, we checked the depth and that it was level. Use a 2-foot or 4-foot level to check for level in several spots.
Then we moved on to laying the bricks in our trench. Shelby slid them under the fence while we both lined them up with the brick next to it and used a rubber mallet to set it in the dirt and keep it level with the surrounding bricks.
Slowly, but surely, we set brick after brick and we were done! We used some of the removed dirt from our 5-gallon buckets to backfill along the bricks.
Mow with Ease
Of course the whole reason for this project was to make mowing easier. So we had to try it out right away. And since Shelby had never mowed before, it was easy to convince her to use my electric start mower from Lawn-Boy. And with the rear wheel self-propel, she just mowed right over the whole backyard!
**This video is sponsored by Lawn-Boy. However, all opinions are 100% and my own. And I only work with companies I use and trust.
But the good news? The brick border was perfect for solving my not-so-big problems around this small fence! I also love that if grass does grow between the bricks, it can now be sprayed without affecting the surrounding grass or plants. That’s like a three-fer solution, right?
Another great place to use something like this would be next to a retaining wall, tree ring, or anywhere you can’t get a tight mow! And you don’t have to use bricks. You can use other hardscape pavers as well.
Here’s to healthy, weed-free grass this summer!
Hope you have a great June! And don’t forget to “Check In” between episodes on my blog for other projects I’m working on around my house. And leave a comment below so I know you were here!
Thanks for Checking In! ~ Chelsea
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