Back yard, against neighbor's fence! - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Sharron Hodorovic
North Charleston, So
Question by shodorovic
February 25, 2010
I have a neighbor who has a dog that constantly is sticking nose and paws under the fence. disturbing and uprooting my St. Augustine grass, I would like very musch to plant bushes or somethething along this long fence, put down weed paper and mulch so I don't have to keep going out and filling in holes! What do you suggest? Yes, I have spoken with my neighbors, they spend no time with this dog!


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Answer from NGA
February 25, 2010

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It's a shame that not all neighbors are good neighbors! You may want to install some hardware cloth to keep the dog from digging in the soil on your side of the fence. You can dig down 8-12 inches and set the hardware cloth in the trench and then attach it to your fence. Then cover over it with soil. The dog won't be able to dig under the fence. Or, pour a concrete barrier directly beneath the fence to keep the dog from digging. Weed barrier won't really keep him from digging but it will cover the soil and keep weeds from growing. I'd use a groundcover such as vinca or pachysandra to hide the ground near the fence and then plant shrubs on top of or in front of the groundcover plants. Best wishes with your landscape!

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