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How do I kill grass/weeds along a fence WITHOUT using roundup, etc?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by crazycritterguy, Aug 8, 2004.

  1. crazycritterguy

    crazycritterguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    We're enclosing about 6 acres of land with fencing...my wife and our dog are highly allergic to chemical smells ...... how can I kill the grass/weeds near the fence so I don't have to take hours weedeating....will salt work? Any other ideas?
  2. MikeLT1Z28

    MikeLT1Z28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    motor oil? lol just kidding

    i've never noticed any particular smell with my round up. i mix it in my 4 gallon sprayer at 3oz per gal.
  3. SuperLawn

    SuperLawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    10% to 20% Vinegar
  4. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Mix Round up at 1 to 1.5 ounces per gallon for the best results. Dead is dead so there is no reason to use more than necessary for a complete kill.

    There will be no smell.

  5. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    If you never want to weed around the fence it seems to me you need to use a soil sterilizer. Soil sterilizer can kill for a year or more, and keep it dead. If you use Roundup or some other chemical, or non chemical it will surely grow back in a short time. Most chemicals will bind with the soil and be gone, or at least I doubt discernable to you. Soil Sterilizer is no toy, and I would suggest hireing a professional, or doing lots of research before applying.

    Good luck

  6. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    Roundup is a post-emergent so it will not prevent new vegatation from growing. The use of a pre-emergent prior to the beginning of the growing season and the use of roundup for continuing maintenance of the fence row would be the way to go.

  7. budracin

    budracin LawnSite Member
    from florida
    Messages: 29

    use some deisel fuel....that will kill it...no chemical smell either
  8. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    diesel fuel dont smell? How about an overapplication of fertilizer, something high in Potassium. That will keep the weeds and grass down for at least a year.
  9. satch

    satch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    I use a chemical called TRI-ATE.It looks like really clean sand.You sprinkle it on the area you want to kill.It does not have any smell at all.If go this route please ware gloves when appling this stuff!!
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    The vinegar is the way. but like round up it will be an ongoing thing.

    If you find a good place to buy it let us know.

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