Taming a String-Eating Fence
A bit of work in advance will help save your string trimmer
Whenever I trim the grass along my chain-link fence, the trimmer's string is always catching on the fence and breaking, and I end up using a lot of string. Is there a way to keep that from happening?
— Tom, Roslyn, PA
Roger Cook replies: Yes, but it involves a bit of work up front. Take an edger and cut through the turf about 3 inches away from the fence, then dig out the grass between the cut and the fence. Now you can mow over this edge and avoid getting the string trimmer anywhere near the fence links. To handle any weeds that crop up in the dirt, give it a thick coat of mulch.