Under the fence, an edge overlooked
Fences do make good neighbors,
but include a barrier against grass creeping across lot
I didn't figure on the weedy things that would get into
my new bed from the neighbor's yard, or the trouble it would be to
trim messy looking long grass that pokes through the fence. -
Fence lines are big trouble in gardens. Lawn, weeds and
groundcover creep from one side to another. Seedling trees arise
there, dropped by birds who perch on rails and wires above.
When we outlined this bed to turn a difficult incline into
manageable terraces, it also gave us a place to stack and smother
sod stripped to make other new beds. Before we started stacking,
however, we trenched along the property lines to create a root
barrier, so grass wouldn't creep in. When we do the next phase of
work in this bed we'll replace that trench with a solid,
below-grade barrier. We'll also reserve two feet along the fence
for maintenance path, so we can keep an eye and a hoe trained on
unwanted vegetation. We don't hide from the hard truth: that all
the worst weeds begin on the edge.
Our diagram cuts the corner and highlights in violet the
place where the greatest depth of new soil will be needed to cover
a steep grade with plant-able terrace. Along the fence
line, a root barrier's called for.
A trench bars creeper roots, for now. More about root
barrier edging in What's Coming
Sod lifted from areas of lawn made into garden are being recycled
here. Turned upside down and covered, it will become "free"