How do I protect fence posts from weed trimmers?

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How do I protect fence posts from weed trimmers?
Fences can be a beautiful a natural-looking addition to any landscape. (Post and rail fence, close up. image by Brian Scantlebury from Fotolia.com)

While wooden fencing can enhance the natural beauty of a yard, maintaining the landscape around the fence can sometimes result in irreparable damage to your fence posts. Weed trimmers used to remove long grass and weeds around posts, can gash, slash and scar your wood. Still, there are ways to protect your fence without letting it become overgrown.

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Post Protectors

Many companies have recognised this problem and developed fence post protectors in a variety of styles, shapes and materials. These attach directly to the base of the post and prevent the string of the weed trimmer from making contact.

Keep Your Distance

One obvious way to minimise damage to a fence post when trimming is to carefully avoid letting the string hit it. Angling the string or "blade" toward the ground will help as well, as you will likely hit dirt before hitting wood.

Keep the Wood Healthy

Wood will deteriorate over time, especially when left exposed to the elements. Yearly applications of wood protectorate, stains or weatherproofing will keep the wood resistant to slips with the trimmer.

Consider Trimming by Hand

Unless you have miles of Texas-style fencing, you may want to consider just trimming long grass and weeds around posts by hand. If will take longer, but it will alleviate any worry of fence post damage.

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