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Keeping down weeds along a garden fenceline

Ants on cardboard

Garden manager "How are you going to deal with weeds/grass that grow up around the bottom of the fence?" --- Nayan

My current plan is to use a layer of cardboard covered by a layer of wood chips for a perimeter pathway around the inside of the garden fenceline, combined with a layer of cardboard covered by a layer of compost for a flower/berry/undecided bed around the outside of the garden fenceline.

Of course, this lofty plan depends on lots of cardboard, wood chips, and compost. We'll see if the supplies and/or my back give out before the kill mulch is complete. If so, we might follow other readers' suggestions and burn the weeds off instead.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Why not put down a row of square pavestones around or under the fence?
Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Jul 4 14:43:18 2018
I tried the pavestones, it was good for a year, then the weeds grew in the cracks and we're even more of a pain to pull.
Comment by Rebecca Wed Jul 4 17:36:27 2018
Roland: I did that on my garden and various other places. Even putting some type of weed barrier under the pavestones, the blasted weeds/grass STILL get in between the pavestones and under the fence. It's very frustrating. I've taken to using herbicide (NOT Roundup! Spectricide) along the very edge as that seems to be the only thing that keeps them somewhat under control.
Comment by Nayan Thu Jul 5 08:50:08 2018

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