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weeds that grow on fences

Weeds that grow on fences

Unless you are going to set the plants on fire (bad idea), you really only have two good options to keep weeds and vines away from your fence – they are:


This vegetation makes it easy for someone to climb over the fence. It also adds a lot of weight which can compromise the integrity of the fence.

Low-lying Vegetation Pressure – Mowed Lawn, Stone/Gravel Areas

With two treatments a year, we can help keep these vines and other plants from growing back onto the fence.

Weeds that grow on fences

Weeds are a nuisance and a pain to manage. If weeds are invading along a fence and the fence divides a property line, talk to your neighbor first to come up with a mutually agreed upon weed management program. This is especially necessary if you plan to use herbicides and your neighbor has ornamental plants or grass growing on the other side. Otherwise, choose one or more methods to kill and effectively keep weeds under control along a fence line.

Apply a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate, on the weeds to kill them. Carefully spray the product directly on the weeds or use a paintbrush to apply it. A ready-to-use product is easiest to use because it does not require dilution or a separate sprayer. If the product makes contact with desired plants, they will also die. Reapply the herbicide as necessary to keep the weeds under control. You can also use a selective herbicide for the type of weeds growing along the fence. Always read and adhere to the product label for specific use of any herbicide.

Saturate the soil with boiling water along the fence line to kill weeds. Another natural home remedy that works well for immature weeds is a mix of 16 parts white or cider vinegar and 1 part lemon juice.