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Right, i'll admit I hate gardening and am sorry for infiltrating this forum!! But am after some advice if poss! Above is an upside down pic of our rather overgrown borders. I cut back lots of weeds yesterday, and I'm sure there will have been some plants in there too (I'm sorry) but I just want the edges clear!! Can anyone recommend the best way of getting the rest up... Is it a case of manual digging or is there anything else I can do? Would putting a weed killer down do it? 

The fence backs on to a very green fingered neighbours garden so I don't want to use anything that could seep through and damage their lovely garden!!

It's not so much the greenery growing up the fence I'm worried about, it's the mass of tangled weeds in the soil that I want gone! And advice would be really appreciated! 

Thanks in advance! 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    It depends on what you want to replace the weeds with.  If you just have bare soil then weed seeds will germinate and you'll have weeds again.  

    If you really don't want to do the dig and plant and weed thing, I'd suggest that you just mow the borders, right up to the fence and around the shrubby plants and let the lawn spread to the fence.  You can pull the weeds out of the base of the shrubs a couple of times a year so that they don't get totally overwhelmed.  

    If you spray you'll just be left with dead plants which you'll have to dig/pull up, then you'll have bare soil and you'll have to decide what to do with it. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks for the reply! I think the picture is a bit difficult to see, but the grass lawn stops and there is prob over a foot of soil/weeds Up to the fence. Surely the lawn won't just grow over the weeds will it?! Or have I not understood correctly?! 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088

    Lawns spread sideways if you let them - mow the weeds when you mow the grass. image  But you need to mow the lawn regularly - I see from the photograph it's actually got some grass seeds on it - that means it's growing upwards and not sideways.  Lawn need mowing once a week minimum in the growing season - you probably think that's quite enough gardening! image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Haha more than enough!! I'd love to be as passionate about gardening as most people on here but I guess everyone has their Strengths! There is no seed on it that we've put there, it's in bad condition as only just been mowed... Very tufty! Do you think I should put some lawn treatment down on it, then mow it all?! Sorry for all the questions! 

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