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Which job comes first?

Posted by byrdlady 7b NC (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 16, 14 at 9:35

Have a new (blank slate), small backyard. Have a drawing of the simple garden I want to put in. Will involve a black iron fence, roto-tilled, amended border around the inside of the fence, and then fill in the center area with pavers or slate-type product. Which job comes first, the fence or the roto-tilling? I do not want the tilling to go outside of the fence line, that is why I think the fence should come first. Any pictures would be appreciated from your experiences.

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RE: Which job comes first?

fence, then pavers (if used as paving), then rototilling, then planting.

RE: Which job comes first?

I'd till first since tillers can jump out of line and ruin your fence. You can delineate your fence line with twine run between sticks in the soil to show your border, rake it to level, then install the fence and your pavers. But I'm not expert and am a little organic with boundaries and measurements.

RE: Which job comes first?

Make sure before you put your fence in that you don't block access for anyone who will be putting your hardscape in

and hardscape installation is really messy, so do that before planting (which I know wasn't your question)

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