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Question DetailsAsked on 12/8/2013

What's the best type of fencing to hold back neighbor's invasive weeds & bushes?

We have chain link now. Neighbor's vegetation mashes up against the fence and grows over it. Most of the weeds and bushes have sharp edges and are fast growers. Huge amount of ivy. The weeds and bushes get imbedded in the chain link and then just keeps coming. Some of the bushes are 8-10' tall. Some of the blackberries are over 6' tall. The fence needs to be low maintenance--unlikely we would be able to reach the neighbor's side of the fence to maintain it. The property is rented and the owner doesn't appear to be reachable.

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The only ones that will truly stop growth like this (or almost) is concrete and concrete block at about $50-100/LF, sunk at least 1 foot into the ground. Even then, you will get a few volunteers popping up on your side, but keeping a 6-12 inch wide weed whacked or weed killer border along the fenceline should control that - at least itll the shrubs overtop it. Of course, this type of fence is pricey, abnd prohibited by zoning regs in some locales.

A simple tight-board cedar fence at around $15-20/LF will keep most of the intrusion out - with periodic weed whacking along the base, and occasional electric hedge trimmer along your face of the fence, at quite a bit less than concrete. However, the hedge trimmer will scratch the inside of the fence so it does not look so pretty.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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Two afterthoughts:

1) when cutting ivy, be sure to clean up all cuttings or they will root where they fall. Ivy control is likely to require roundup spraying along the base of the fence.

2) for super economy solution, just get a single-edged hedge trimmer and learn to trim usingthe chain link fence - holding the non-cutting edge against the fence, angled away a bit so the teeth cannot grab the fence. Unfortunately, it appear the single-edged ones are actually more expensive than double edge - a couple of hundred $, from a quick search.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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