How to Protect Fences From the Weed Eater

Depending on the kind of fencing you have the weed eater may cause some damage. Wooden fencing is very susceptible to the whacker as it will wear away the integrity of the wood over time. Metal fencing is just as exposed as it will have visible nicks and scratches to deal with along your fence line. It may even cause rusting after a while, as water from the garden hose or rains will start eating away at the material. Putting fence protectors along the base of the fence line is the only option. There are quite a number of choices which may be used, depending on what you like.

Types of Fence Line Protectors

  • Ceramic Tiles
  • Roof Flashing
  • Commercial Post Protectors
  • Corrugated Piping
  • Custom Made Post Protectors

Ceramic Tiles

You may already have some ceramic tiles lying around from jobs done before, this is ideal for using as fence protection from the weed eater. For some contrast and decorative ideas, you may install them at the base of your fencing. This will protect the posts from the angry lashes of the whacker string. It will also add a touch of elegance to your laws especially if they are colored tiles. Installation is easy as you may use adhesive for affixing them to the fence posts.

Roof Flashing

Just as you may have done with the leftover ceramics you had, using the leftover roof flashing is also ideal for protecting your fencing. Run the flashing along the fence line, maybe planting it 3-4 inches along the grass height. This will make it hidden but enough to protect the posts from the weed eater. Installation is also easy, as you may use screws or nails to affix them to the wood.

Commercial Post Protectors

These are similar to your roof flashing as they are made of metal. The difference is, they are cut specific to the width of the posts and are installed with screws or nails. There are some made to be wrapped around the circumference of the fence to protect both sides, while there are some made to protect only one side. Installation instructions come with packaging and is an excellent place to gather information on all the above types of fence line post protection.

Corrugated Piping

This you may have to purchase should you choose this option. Some are made with cuts in the sides of the piping which you will slide the posts through. Remember to turn the pipe down as the open end will collect water which will rot the wood over time.

Custom Made Post Protectors

If you are a DIY person you may want to make your very own fence post protectors. They are ideal for blending into the background and will be the color of your wooden post anyhow. From this source, you are able to make the wooden protective boxes for the fencing. It is ideal as to what you want and will be a job you will be proud of the undertaking.

Another way of protecting your fence posts is to operate your weed eater slowly and carefully around your fence. The slower speed will not be so damaging, as the rotation of the string will be less.

Walter Brown