Choosing Between Split Rail and Round Rail Fencing

You know the problem.

The grass needs mowing and you eventually get around to doing it on Sunday afternoon.

All is going smoothly until you realize why you put the job off for so long.

The fence is too close to the lawn, or is it the other way around, and there is a lip left to cut by hand or strimmer.

How do you get around this problem?

There are a few landscaping tips to make mowing around fences easier, such as:

  • Place The Fence A Good Distance From The Edge Of The Lawn
  • Run Paving Between The Fence And The Lawn
  • Plant Shrubs In Front Of The Fence
  • Never Grow The Lawn Around The Fence
  • Install Mowing Borders
  • Mulch Around The Fence

Let’s take a closer look at each point for a better idea on planning that fence and lawn.

Place The Fence A Good Distance From The Edge Of The Lawn

It may seem obvious, but sometimes the obvious isn’t always clear.

You do not need to run the lawn all the way to the fence.

Sometimes the lawn can run gently into the scrub and the fence will look good in the background.

Having that extra space will give you plenty of room to try out a few alternative ideas in the border area.

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Run Paving Between The Fence And The Lawn

It is easy to run a line of paving between the lawn and the fence.

You can mix and match the stones and give an extra design touch to your work.

By fixing the lawnmower blades to the right height, you will be able to mow over the paving, without damaging anything.

The paving can act as a path too, allowing you and the family the walk around the lawn when the grass is growing.

Vinyl fence in a garden

Plant Shrubs And Flowers Between The Fence And The Lawn

Another good use of the free space.

Plant some sturdy evergreen shrubs and bright flowers, and you will have color during any season.

When mowing you can quickly cut along the border without damaging the blades or the shrubs.

Some people let the lawn mix with the flowers by not cutting the grass during the summer, but this may not be to everyone’s taste.

Install Mowing Borders

These simple borders will let you mow the lawn right to the edge of the lawn.

Run a line of stone or blocks, at lawn level, between the lawn edge and the bed or fence.

Make sure the block line is at least four inches wide, to prevent the grassroots from running under the border.

At the far edge, build a one-block wall, about an inch high, to keep the soil in place and to stop the grass from growing over.

Directly run the mower along the border when cutting, to keep the lawn trim at the edges.

Mulch Around The Fence

If you like that natural flowing look to the garden, then maybe consider mulching.

By filling the space between the edge of the grass and the fence, you will keep the eye trained on the run of the lawn.

Weeds and grass will not grow where the mulch is covering the ground.

Mowing will be as easy as running the mower at the correct height along the border.

You will not need to do any weeding or tending to any plants, a bonus for all of you busy gardeners.

Never Grow The Lawn Around The Fence

Another obvious one but no harm in spelling it out.

You see people with a lawn right up to the fence or even placing a fence in the middle of the lawn.

This may look good, but you could be inviting trouble, as well as making mowing so much more difficult.

Termites like to find a path into a wood fence and grass is an excellent way for them to get access.

Keep plants and grass away from wood fences; they will last a lot longer.

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