Iris Plants

What Pet Friendly Method Should I Use to Clear Grass Along a Chain Link Fenc

vknorr55 added on March 11, 2011 | Answered

I have moved to a home with an established yard surrounded by a chain link fence and two dogs. I want to create a bed along the fence in an area the dogs seem to ignore for my hybrid iris collection. I previously would have used Roundup, but my partner will not allow it around the dogs. Salt or vinegar were suggested by I am afraid these will affect the soil composition prior to replanting. How can I clear the grass short of digging it out?

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Answered on March 12, 2011

Boiling water. It is as effective as Roundup in killing weeds and has no lasting effect on the soil. Just boil some water and pour it on the plants you want to kill. Be aware though, just like Roundup, boiling water will kill any plant material it touches.

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