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  • Weedwhacking around no-climb or field fence

    Anyone do this successfully? I may just be an idiot but I just eat up string after string hitting the fence. What am I doing wrong? I've been pruning my weeds with pruning shears, which I cannot imagine is a very efficient use of my time but I hate the place to look trappy.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    If your fence goes all the way to the ground then I'm not sure what you could do. DH always makes sure there is a small gap between the ground and the fence just for this reason.

    Would spraying the weeds so they dont need to be cut be an option?

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    • #3
      You might try a different gauge/brand/shape string. Some wear better than others. I do my perimeter fencing, which is no climb with top board and don't seem to go thru string that fast. Good luck

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      • #4
        #1 I'm not sure this is actually "safe".

        Hubby uses a plastic blade, I can't remember the name of the thing but you get them in the same section at the store. That this CHEWS through weeds like you wouldn't believe!

        I think you have to try not to hit the fence while you do that though...
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        • #5
          Have you seen the new infomercial for a weedeater that has string that can be used on fence? Seriously, maybe it actually works.

          Other than that, I'd spray.
          "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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          • #6
            Herbicide.
            "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

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            • #7
              https://pivotrim.com/
              "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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              • #8
                Hubby walked into the room as I was watching the infomercial and said "BUY IT!"

                He can put a drunken sailor to shame when he has to weedwhack the no-climb since he is constantly breaking the spool, has to stop, mess with it, go another 50 feet, stop, etc.

                I've never bought something from an infomercial though. Googling the product shows different types of them for about the same price.

                Hmmm, I'm very very tempted. I'll post back if I go ahead with some reviews.

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                • #9
                  I used to do it with a very low speed, just barely enough to knock down the weeds, and sort of let the string sort of "wrap" around the fence. If you go at it revved up to the highest speed, the string will just break off.

                  This technique worked pretty well for chain link fence for the few years I was responsible for doing it. IME you will go through more string no matter what you do, but that method helps.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by beaulilly View Post
                    Hubby walked into the room as I was watching the infomercial and said "BUY IT!"
                    LOL. My husband said the same thing when we saw it on TV

                    Haven't done it yet, though.
                    "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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                      #11
                      Hmm, your husbands appear to weedwhack. I adore mine but he does not seem to have come with that feature installed. A pity.

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                      • #12
                        We use Round Up.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cathy D View Post
                          We use Round Up.
                          LOL, yup but only where we don't have goats.

                          If you have no climb the goats will keep their side nice and tidy. The difference between the goat field and the no goat field is dramatic
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                          • #14
                            Another vote for Round Up. We just make sure to keep the horses off that pasture for about a week afterwords, just in case.

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                            • #15
                              What, nobody sets them on fire? We have a torch on a long handle that connects to a propane tank. I think it's called a 'weed dragon' though I'm not sure we have the name brand one.

                              Probably not the best idea if you're in a drought though.
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                              Wendy
                              ... and Patrick

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                              • #16
                                Well _I_ saw the infomercial and sent the link to my DH...he bought it! We don't have it in hand yet, but as soon as we do I know he'll try it on the same type of fence issue the OP mentioned, so we'll report back.
                                "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James
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                                • #17
                                  If that pivo trim can cut through plywood, I would imagine it might do a number on your no climb fencing too.
                                  save lives...spay/neuter/geld

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                                  • #18
                                    Don't just slam the string into whatever is in it's way. It's good at cutting grass, not wood. Notice where the perimeter of the cutting area is, and just sweep that along the edge of grass next to whatever it's up against. Heavy string on a good sized string trimmer lasts a long time if you don't slam it into something hard.

                                    Dead grass from Roundup under a fenceline is just plain ugly. With a powerfull string trimmer, and good technique, you can cut along the outside of a fenceline almost as fast as you can walk. We use a Stihl FS110.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Tom King View Post
                                      Don't just slam the string into whatever is in it's way. It's good at cutting grass, not wood. Notice where the perimeter of the cutting area is, and just sweep that along the edge of grass next to whatever it's up against. Heavy string on a good sized string trimmer lasts a long time if you don't slam it into something hard.

                                      Dead grass from Roundup under a fenceline is just plain ugly. With a powerfull string trimmer, and good technique, you can cut along the outside of a fenceline almost as fast as you can walk. We use a Stihl FS110.
                                      This I hate the dead grass look. It's also a good idea to be careful around your fence posts. Hitting the bottom of the posts repeatedly does damage them.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by fordtraktor View Post
                                        Hmm, your husbands appear to weedwhack. I adore mine but he does not seem to have come with that feature installed. A pity.
                                        Mine doesn't weedwack, but he will pay someone else to, so it's just as good

                                        The dead grass look isn't pretty, but it's efficient. Saves a ton of time, which is money, which is better spent on other things besides weedwacking in my book!
                                        "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."

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