Anybody that has ever tried to mow the grass next to the fence is familiar with the scenario. You get the wheels of the mower as close as you can or even brush the deck up against the fence–but you still can’t get that last inch or so of grass. Which really is for the best: A lawnmower with a blade guard is better than a mower without. This is where a mow strip under the fence really comes in handy.
Otherwise, you’ll need to go back with the weed whacker to get those last few tall blades of grass along the fence. Invariably, your fence will pick up some nicks along the way, which can ruin their overall beauty. If it’s a wood fence, you could be opening new avenues for bugs or even rot.
Many homeowners combat this issue by edging the lawn a few inches away from the fence so the grass can easily be reached. They can put down a barrier to keep weeds from growing and cover that with barkdust, gravel, or some other material. While some people call this edging, it is also referred to as a mow strip.
You’ll also see this process along retaining walls, patios, raised flower beds, and more because they have the same issue alongside the grass. You may still need to edge a couple of times a year to get at any grass and weeds that happen to take root, but you’ll have a nice, clearly defined-lawn.
Mow strip under fence
About those weeds. No matter how much weed barrier you use, they still find a way to pop up through bark dust and other loose materials. In some cases, homeowners will pour concrete, lay pavers, or put some other impermeable material along the fence line and install the fence over the top.
This will provide a little track so to speak for the lawnmower wheels and allow you to easily get to the edge of the grass. No more weedwhacker! But adding a mow strip under the fence has other advantages as well.
Keep the family dog in, pests out
If your dog is a digger, a mow strip under the fence will keep them from trying to escape under the fence. It will also keep other critters from trying to get into your yard, such as possums, raccoons, rabbits, and others. Poured concrete works best because small pavers or bricks can be moved with more ease.
Protect the bottom of your fence
Although this isn’t as much of an issue with chain link or vinyl fences, keeping the bottom of your cedar fence out of the dirt or standing water will increase its lifespan. In some cases, you can incorporate a concrete mow strip into the fence installation.
Clearly delineate property lines
This is the Pacific Northwest, where we get true four-season weather conditions. A combination of rain, snow, ice, and wind can put your fence to the test. If a big storm comes rolling through, you could find your fence blown over. With a mow strip, you’ll know exactly where to place the new fence.
Need to install a new fence?
Pacific Fence & Wire have been installing residential, commercial, agricultural, and other fences for a century. While we use time-tested methods to ensure your fence stands the test of time, we also keep an eye on new materials and processes to provide safety, security, and privacy to your home and business. Reach out to Pacific Fence & Wire if you need a new fence or want to replace your existing fence.