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reds_21 04-29-2010 01:00 PM

weed wacking around a chain link fence
I have fought this problem for quite some time now and am fed up with the outcome..............NEXT?

i have used a number of weed wackers and have tried to weed wack under/around a chain link fence and by the time im done i have easily went through 1/2 a spool of line if not more. i have tried to back off the fence but yet get as close as possible. no luck. every time the line sees a fence, it detaches itself and breaks off, as if it knows!!

right now my yard looks like hell along the fence line and need a solution. i dont want to use grass killer cause then i will have a view of dead grass. is there a way to cut this grass or at least make it easy to maintain? rather than cutting each blade with scissors.

any suggestions? i have an acre yard with fence all the way around it so you can imagine how much fence there is

gmhammes 04-29-2010 01:54 PM

new weed wacker, plastic blades!

reds_21 04-29-2010 01:59 PM

i have seen the stringless weed wacker that looks like it has a plastic blade of some sort. i have seen the whole set up for roughly 80-100 on amazon. how hard is it to obtain new blades? on amazon, they are $20 each. are they cheap? meaning will they get destroyed of i hit the fence, occassional rocks or branches?

reds_21 04-29-2010 03:13 PM


please explain in more detail. not understanding what your describing

Yoyizit 04-29-2010 03:14 PM


Originally Posted by reds_21 (Post 435415)

please explain in more detail. not understanding what your describing

The Masonite presents a frictionless surface that will not snag the trimmer's string and allows you to cut within 1/8" of the fence.
In fact, mount a small plate on your trimmer, just out of reach of the end of the string. Call it a 'fence guard'.

Maybe I'm not picturing this correctly.

reds_21 04-29-2010 03:23 PM

heres an example. see at the base of this picture? there is long grass that needs to be cut. but when i use a weed wacker that close to the fence, it hacks my line up.

i need to know the best way to cut this and maybe even a permanent plan

Yoyizit 04-29-2010 03:53 PM
If the fence is to the left of the trimmer pictured above, this trimmer would need another guard added on the left of the existing orange guard.

It can be fastened to the existing guard or be anchored on the shaft like the existing guard. It only needs to be about 3" wide to prevent the line from snagging, and stands between the fence and the end of the moving line. For 2" high grass the guard needs to extend 2" below the disk swept out by the moving line. In use, the line would just skim the surface of the guard, and the guard would skim the fence surface. The guard bottom edge needs to be rounded to avoid snagging the ground.

I recommend making the [several?] prototypes out of cardboard and the final version out of sheet metal. When viewed horizontally the guard has the shape of an L if its anchored to the drive shaft.

reds_21 04-29-2010 04:08 PM

thanks for the help but lets make this a little more practical. i dont exactly have a sheet metal shop in my back yard to start making any of these "jigs".

Im hoping for some help that any joe that owns a home can do to better this process of cutting by a fence without using a weed eater..................string weed eater at that

Bushman 04-29-2010 06:46 PM

Modify the fence so the string goes under it.
Use heavier line
Create a mulch bed along fence.
Use edge of mower to push fence back while mowing then let it "spring" back after you have passed this will help with most of it.
Drill 2 small holes in the edge of your weed whip spool and attatch heavy duty zip ties. You can purchase a lot for next to nothing. When it gets worn down it's easier to zip a new one on.
Spray a fine line of herbicide directly under fence. If you do it right there is only a thin line of brown. Repeated applications will evenyually render it to a thin line of dirt that is not as noticeable.
I have other ideas but they include wood and saws and you probably don't have a woodshop in your backyard. I do like yoyzits idea though. It is very practical if you don't overthink it. Just Sayin

Yoyizit 04-30-2010 09:22 AM

Maybe somebody makes an aftermarket guard for fence trimming.

tpolk 04-30-2010 09:29 AM

it will never look finished since growth from other side will always be sticking thru.

gma2rjc 04-30-2010 01:42 PM

I had the same problem when I moved into my house in '97. We have almost an acre and there is a chain link fence all the way around.

We tried several methods to keep the weeds & grass out of the fence.

You said you don't want to use weed killer because of the ugly dead weeds, but it's only like that the first time you spray. Once they're dead, you pull them out or weed whack them. After that, you spray once in the spring when the weeds are starting to grow and one more time in the summer. It's not hard to do and it's not going to look as bad as you think. Just do it on a day when there is no wind or breezes. I've been doing it this way for almost 13 years.


Snav 04-30-2010 01:54 PM

You could line the base of your fence with wood garden ties - they're 4x4 size but the corners are rounded, they're rough-cut and sold in garden centers - This time of year is ideal to find them cheaply. Last time I bought them they were cheaper than studs.

Get some 9" yard nails - a sledge - the garden ties - and whack them into place.

whataboutj 04-30-2010 03:21 PM

Could you just turn the trimmer as if you are using it to edge? Wouldn't that put the bottom of the string head towards the fence and allow you to get close without chewing up the string? I may be off base on my thoughts but seems like that would work

Scuba_Dave 04-30-2010 06:16 PM

I put a 2'-5' garden along each fence & used brick to edge it
No more edging, weed wacking
I just put one wheel of the lawn mower on the brick & mow the lawn
On the chain link fence that borders the woods I'm installing a cement paver walkway along the fence on the wood's side

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