Anyone have good ideas (other than weed killer) for trimming the grass around the edge of a screen porch without damaging the screen?
Lay a line of bricks or other solid/flat barrier that the grass does not go through?
A thin application line of soil sterilizer can also keep grass and any plants from growing in applied area for up to 9 months per application.
Your screens go all the way down to the ground? All I can imagine is to go around the porch with hand held trimmers on your hands & knees. I must not be picturing it right.
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The screen enclosure goes around my pool and the screen starts about 1 inch above the ground. I've even had problems with grass growing through it to the inside. In the past, I have trimmed it on my hands & knees and used weed killer. Also, it's a rental, so I'm limited in what I can do as far as permanent solutions.
Careful spraying or painting on of a chemical soil sterilizer is what I would do, in your situation.
The chemical kills and keeps things from growing in the soil it is applied to, and stops working in 6-9 months. Apply after cutting/trimming close to the ground. Reapplication will be necessary, but it is not permanent nor does it spread to other adjacent areas not applied.
We used it under a chain link fence and it worked very well for us in the past. Just apply carefully and do not allow drift of the wet spray on a breezy day.
If you do not want to use chemicals, then perhaps just place a long piece of masonite or other thin/sturdy plywood against the screen and resting on the ground, and use a string trimmer. Cardboard may work in a pinch, but it will probably get beat up pretty fast.
The whipping action may hit the board but will not touch/damage the screen.
A man at work always puts a layer of rock salt around things to kill the grass. I have not tried it but he said it works the best.
White vinegar will kill the grass and weeds with no long term damage. It is pretty cheap too when bought by the gallon.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
And I use an electric edger! I have to do ours about every 2 weeks depending on the weather. I do along the edge of bricks that are the border for my beds all around the house. I also do around beds out in the yard that don't have any permanent border...just keep doing it in about the same place each time.
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