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Fence before the lawn or vice versa?


 
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Abbica
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:15 am    Post subject: Fence before the lawn or vice versa? Reply with quote

Hi, we are doing up our lawn soon and we live down a drive in the middle of a field and need to put up farm fencing. We haven't touched our garden yet and need to start preparing our soil for seeds for spreading in April. Would it be better to go digging up the wholes now for the fence poles etc and then sowing our seeds or would we be better sowing the seed in april and perhaps in August doing our fence then? Just don't want all the digging and trench work to ruin our lawn or would it?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would imagine you are better off doing any "structural" work before you establish your grass. Is there any reason why you wouldn't do your fence first ?
Could I suggest to you also to think ahead....if you plan to plant a hedge along the fence, you could put bare-root plants in straight after you build the fence......no point in having to dig out grass in another year when you decide to plant a hedge ! You can save yourself a lot of work by forward planning !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Sive, that is good advice. We do want to plant bare rooted red robin laurel along our fence, so realistically we should start doing our fence in February (can you plant laurel then?), get the soil weedkilled and prepared in March, sow seed in april. God, I am wrecked thinking of it. So this would be the recommended course of action?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fence before lawn would be my advice as well.
Laurel can still be planted bareroot or from containers in Feb.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks again James
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