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Fleshbits
Aug 19, 2019 10:22 AM CST
I'd like to create a garden, for looks and to block some of the noise from my neighbors, along the fence line in a corner of my backyard.
I've got 6 garbage cans full of compost ready from veggies, grass clippings, and weeds I picked during the year.

I don't know what I am doing, but I plan to
1) go outline it with a hose
2) dig it up with a shovel and wheelbarrow the extra dirt I don't need to low spots in the yard
3) Place some sand along the outline to get it level
4) Put ornamental bricks to outline it

My question is, what can I do to stop the grass from growing into it, both from my side and from under the fence line?
I obviously have little control over my neighbors yard, but I can do things right by the fence.

I thought about using plastic bags on the bottom of the whole thing, but I plan to grow things that root really deep. Like little trees and bushes.

How do you go about blocking the grass from growing into it?
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RpR
Aug 21, 2019 12:45 AM CST
There is no blocking.
Depending on the type of grass you have to deal with, dig out Quackgrass and simply pull the rest.
You can paint weed grass rhizomes with systemic killer that will go back and kill the particular root system invading if that happens.
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slowcala
Aug 21, 2019 1:18 AM CST
Be mindful of what you plant and how close you plant it to the fence. You wouldn't want to damage the fence and you wouldn't want to wage war with said neighbor over something trailing across his fence top.

A good example: If neighbor or neighbor's children have a severe bee allergy and you planted a fast growing bush or tree that blooms and it spills across the fence that could present a problem. Or what about shrubs like Oleander that bloom and are poisonous to humans. Yes they are pretty and drought tolerant, but if your neighbor was running a nursery school out of their home the children would be at risk of poisoning.

There are plenty of good plant, shrub, and tree varieties to choose from. Good luck with your garden and here is a site Crossing Fingers! I tip my hat to you. to peruse for more help.

https://www.growingagreenerwor...

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Sallymander
Aug 21, 2019 4:30 PM CST
While it is true shrubs can help with noise, not as much as one wishes. A neighbor down the street has piled up a three, maybe four, foot berm of soil to block out the street noise, and she plans to plant on it in next spring. I doubt your neighbors are as noisy as our street, so I doubt you need that high of a berm. All the same, it is something to consider. I don't know Austin well enough to know what works there, but I do recommend you look for something with dense foliage. Also, look for something that grows to the size you are after, so you can ignore it and not prune it all the time. Don't over crowd your plants with the idea you'll thin them later. Nobody ever does that. Space them according to their mature size and plant annual in between while you wait for them to fill in.

jamesnell
Jan 11, 2020 2:37 AM CST
Well, there is no control over grass growth and weeds. But, there's one thing you can do. Add mulch near the fence line bed to prevent growth. If you observe grass or weed, cut them or smother them using weed killers. As you know, weed can creep into a garden out of nowhere and it can potentially ruin the beauty of your lawn. If you have uncontrolled weed growth on your property, you can schedule an expert from Eden App.
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Frillylily
Jan 17, 2020 3:40 PM CST
Privacy fence. That is about the only thing you can do that will help block the noise. You might try stacking some straw bales along the fence area to help keep out the weeds and block noise as a temporary solution. The straw will rot w/in one year, you can then use it and put in more fresh bales if you like. Maybe a clothes line you can hang some thick quilts on (grab some at the thrift store) as a back drop to your garden area, will also block some noise(may add some shade at certain time of the day though). Just make sure if there are kids next door, they can't reach any of your things, if they are the terror type that tear up stuff. You might also try building some stand alone panels w lattice, bamboo screen or even bed sheets that you can set/anchor down and move later wherever you want. Or try planting a tall narrow hedge-privet, boxwood, fence posts w inexpensive wire fence for honey suckle to cling to, or some other vine or evergreen shrubs. I planted privet here and it grew really fast-now 8 ft tall in just 4 years.
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sallyg
Feb 20, 2020 6:47 AM CST
Bricks on your edge will slow the grass and define the edge visually. I use them, set to ground level as a mowing edge. I could (but don't ) shovel-edge the lawn along the bricks every year or so, maybe even re-level / reset them, as dirt moves or grass/weeds collect. People used to set the bricks on edge, zigzag style, for a more solid barrier- I don't see that much.

Agreed- keep your plants spaced a little away from the fence so you can periodicly check for that under/through fence growth, and cut/spray.
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