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Old 03-29-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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What to do with problem fenceline area?


Hi all,
I am in Northern California and have a side-yard that is concrete with a redwood fence separating our yard from the neighbor's. I have a perennial "problem area" along the fenceline because there is a trough in the concrete where the fence sits, and the trough tends to fill with dirt and grow weeds. A picture is attached.

I've tried filling it with crushed flagstone, pea gravel, and a few other things. It always seems to revert back to being a messy area with weeds. I'm looking for something low maintenance.

What's a good thing to do about this area... should I plant some ground cover that takes over the whole space, maybe? Or fill it with more concrete? Need some help here...

Thanks for any suggestions!


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Old 03-30-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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One or the other - either get rid of the rocks and put in some good soil so you can grow something or get rid of the dirt you have there so you can put in a good layer of rocks. Still might have to pick the odd weed out of the rocks.
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Perfect for a monkey grass border.
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Monkey grass is good. A total vegetation killer with a 1 year effective life is a lot less work.
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Monkey grass is good. A total vegetation killer with a 1 year effective life is a lot less work.
Mow it down to the dirt once / year in February isn't too bad for maintenance.
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Mow it down to the dirt once / year in February isn't too bad for maintenance.

Oh, I completely agree. I love the stuff.

But,

Even though it grows about anywhere I think there would be some rocks to move and some digging to do. Plus a small potential for a peeing contest when the neighbors fence rots.
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