Now that spring is back, it’s time to focus on landscaping! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep your fence line low maintenance—even when it comes to mowing. You just have to choose the right plants, shrubs, etc. to make your life easier. Take it from the experts, we know what will work with your landscape and your fence. For a finished project that looks beautiful even as it saves you time each week.
Play with Pavers
One way to prevent grass and weeds from growing up or around your fence line is to add pavers around the perimeter. Although this seems like a lot of work upfront, it will definitely save you in the long run. You can even play around with the materials and choose a finish that looks more natural, so it blends in with the surrounding landscape. Just be sure that you place the pieces close to one another to block the more persistent weeds from popping through. If you’d like to bring some green back to camouflage the pavers, you can always add potted plants in certain spots. These are easier to maintain and swap out as the seasons change.
If you want to stop the growth, but you don’t like the look of pavers, go with mulch. It’s a softer, more natural approach that achieves the same effect! As long as you apply a layer 3 to 4 inches deep, the mulch should block out all light grass and weeds need to grow. You’ll just need to monitor this padding to ensure it doesn’t shift and stop working. As it naturally biodegrades, you will also need to apply more. But at least you won’t have to worry about using harsh chemicals.
Have Herbicide on Hand
Of course, if you don’t mind chemicals, then herbicide could be the best option for you. They have ones that specifically target grass and weeds, but you still want to be careful if you have other plant life around. Unfortunately, this method isn’t the most effective. You’ll likely still have vegetation growing around your fence line. The herbicide should just inhibit growth, so you’re not required to mow or trim around it as often. Think of this as a slight spin on landscaping that makes your fence truly low maintenance.
With the Right Plants
Maybe your style of landscaping is a little lusher. Fortunately, you can achieve low maintenance and still have plenty of plant life. You just need to choose the right varieties! Planting a blanket of periwinkle, creeping thyme, or other flowering ground cover will help you find that perfect balance. They create a secret garden vibe that works well with wilder landscapes. But also, this cover usually only reaches 6 to 8 inches in height, so you won’t have to constantly cut it back. Not to mention the fact that the color they add to any landscape is simply beautiful!
As you can see, you have a number of options to choose from when it comes to keeping your fence line low maintenance. If you want to spend more time enjoying your landscape, rather than working on it, try one of these suggestions! If you have any other questions/concerns, don’t hesitate to ask your local fencing experts!