How to String Trim Grass Around a Chain Link Fence.

April 22, 2018

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Have you ever have had problems trimming the grass under a chain-link fence after mowing?

This is a very important step in making your yard look nice. There is nothing worse than looking at a nicely mowed lawn and then seeing tall grass growing up the side of a chain-link fence. Lazy.

Stick around and I will show you a great way on how to weed eat/weed whack/string trim around a chain-link fence. This is a great way to get rid of grass under a chain-link fence.

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How To Weed Eat/Weed Whack/String Trim Grass Around a Chain Link Fence

Today, I am going to show you how to trim the grass that is growing under and around your chain link fence.

It is for grass that is just long enough to be an eyesore. Around 5-7 inches long. You could use a hand trimmer and go all along your fence and trim by hand.

But that would take a long time and be really hard on the joints. So, here the steps involved in trimming 5-7 inch long grass around a chain-link fence.

  1. Get yourself a nice weed eater that fits your height. If you have a lot of fencing to trim, you want to make sure you are not bending over the whole time. A gas or electric weed whacker will do fine.
  2. Make sure you have a plastic trim line. Do not get the metal trimmer for this.
  3. Always wear eye and ear protection when you are weed eating. Especially if you have a gas-powered weed eater. They are very loud! Also, wear old pants and long sleeve shirts when string trimming. The string from the weed eater breaks sometimes and may hit you. Also, debris such as rocks and dirt may fly up during weed eating.
  4. Check to see if your string trimmer head spins either clockwise or counterclockwise. If it spins clockwise, you want to trim from left to right and if it spins counterclockwise, you want to move right to left. This keeps you from going against the direction of the head and makes weed-eating easier.
  5. After you have mowed your yard and it looks great, you want to start up your weed eater. Moving in the direction I have stated in step 4. You want to walk slowly and trim as close to the fence as you can. This will take some practice and you may have to go over it again at first. If you are hitting the fence, just back off a bit with your trimmer.
  6. After you have trimmed one side of the fence to your liking, go to the other side of the fence and do the same thing. Make sure you go slow. Obviously, if it is your neighbor's property, you need to get his/her permission first. Note: I have heard of people using a leaf blower and blowing the grass so it leans to the other side and then trimming it. I have not tried this method yet.
  7. This next step is very important, so please pay attention. After you have done both sides of the fence, you will notice that there will still be grass in the chain-link fence. Going in the opposite direction as you did in step 5, you are going to just barely accelerate the string trimmer and actually hit the chain-link fence, trimming the rest of the grass. Again, this will take practice and you may have to go over it a couple of times.

Here is a great video showing this process.

That is all there is to it. Your lawn should look great!

Best Trimmer Head/Line for a Chain Link Fence

I have been asked by one of our readers what is the best trimmer head/line I use for trimming grass around a chain-link fence. Well, that really depends on what string trimmer you have.

Some of the trimmer heads only fit curved shaft string trimmers and some trimmer heads only fit straight shaft string trimmers. You would need to check your manual on what string trimmer heads fit your string trimmer.

However, if I had to pick the best trimmer head/line for a chain-link fence, I would have to go with the Echo 99944200907 Speed-Feed 400 Universal Trimmer Head

What I Like About The Echo 99944200907 Universal Trimmer Head

  • Fits both straight and curved shaft string trimmers
  • Heavy duty string
  • Bendable string-perfect for trimming grass around/under a chain link fence
  • Just tap the trimmer head to get more string length
  • Easy to load

As I have said before, you need a good, bendable string to cut around a chain link fence and the Echo Universal Trimmer Head is perfect for the job.

Other Options to Getting Rid of Grass Under a Chain Link Fence

If you are not interested in this way, there are other options to getting rid of grass under a chain link fence.

  • Like I said above, you could use a hand trimmer and trim the whole fence by hand!
  • You could use a weed/grass killer like Roundup and kill the grass under the fence.
  • You could use a product called Mowstrip or an edging weed strip
  • If the grass is really high, you could use a power washer.

If anyone has another idea, please feel free to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my post on how to string trim grass around a chain-link fence.

4 comments on “How to String Trim Grass Around a Chain Link Fence.”

  1. That's good to know that if you use just a little bit of juice on your weed eater that it will help keep your fence in good shape. I am thinking about getting a fence put in my yard, and I wouldn't want to damage either it or my weed whacker. I'll have to give that a try if I decide to put ion the fence.

  2. I would like to know how a power washer works. Can you basically cut the grass with it? If so, I’ll give it a try.
    Thank you for your ideas.

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      Yes that is exactly right. You basically cut the grass with the power washer spray. Obviously, the more powerful the washer is, the better it cuts. Thanks for stopping by!!

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