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Keeping Fence line clear
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Mark Myers    Posted 09-01-2002 at 20:30:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have recently had our fence line root plowed so that we can begin fence construction. I want to keep this area clear to help us with property maintenance. I have noticed alot of new growth starting back where the root plowing was done. Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping the fence line clear of heavy growth??

pat    Posted 09-03-2002 at 08:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
just wondering,, all has been said for chemical, and burning, how about the old fashioned way and just bush hog around it especially with that much property, , when you set your fence lines up make them so you have a way in and out and run around them woth the tractor, and hog it ,thats the way we do it around here any way,,, keeps all the brush and trees down,,, the animals pretty much eat under the fence line,,,, just a thought

Bill Smith    Posted 09-02-2002 at 11:05:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure what you mean by root plow. Does that simply mean the neighbor has trees on his side but close to property line and you plowed the roots off. That is the way I understand it. The best way to maintain the fence line in my area is to burn and spray. Burn it in the spring (be prepared to spray wood posts with water just before the fire gets to it or just after). If there is plenty of grass and or weeds this will kill alot of trees and brush and doesn't necessarily need to be done every year. Then anything that it doesn't kill can either be sprayed with a brush killer or cut down and spray the stump with a stump killer. Spraying the brush killer can be done every year if necessary. Check area burning regulations before burning and make sure their is no wind that will cuase spray to drift over to neighbors when spraying. The neighbor controlling the brush and trees on his side is a pretty important key in adding in your management on your side. Talk to the nieghbor, it would be a very valuable asset if you could work together and maintain both sides. It would be real hard to maintain your side if he has a regular jungle on his side and won't work with you.

steve    Posted 09-01-2002 at 22:07:48       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A mixture of 1/2 c. lye to 1 gal. of water will keep unwanted weeds under control if applied on a monthly basis....water heavy. Won't contaminate the ground or any animals in area.

Mark Myers    Posted 09-02-2002 at 09:00:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Since I have 30 acres and I am dealing with the entire perimeter fence, how much should I make, and how heavy should I apply? Also, do you have a recommended application method for that large an area? (The bulldozer had a 10.5 foot blade, and I would like to keep that same distance clear except for perhaps grasses....I have trees coming up again already!!)

Steve    Posted 09-02-2002 at 18:13:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark...I'd have my local grain elevator figure the equivalents (1/2 c. lye to 1 gal. water). While there, I'd look into purchasing or renting a liquid sprayer...maybe one that can be hooked to a tractor (our local tractor pullers use these). Good luck....let me know how it goes!

Hogman    Posted 09-02-2002 at 19:51:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
1/2 cup to a gal sounds like it would eat up metal pretty fast. Would'nt a Feller want ta use "all plastic" application equipment?
Just a thought

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