Staining Fence?


I need to stain my fence which has wire on the inside. Also we have grass growing under it and can't get that out. 1. How do I stain with the wire. 2. How can I keep grass from growing up in between the wire and fence?

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  • You can weed-wack the grass and weeds or use a weed killer. Here's what I use:

    As far as staining the fence, I would spray the stain and not worry about the wire. You could also brush it, but it will be more tedious with the wire there.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 14, 2020

    I agree with the first comment, weed wack or use a weed killer on the weeds and then just spray the stain on.

  • Janice Janice on Jul 14, 2020

    Just spray the stain onto the fence as though the metal wasn't there. The stain won't adhere well to the metal and you could wipe the metal down with a soft cloth. The grass can be killed along the fence line with a solution of vinegar and salt or simply pull and lay a narrow board along the fence line or other barrier.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 14, 2020

    I would use a weed wacker for the weeds, they are very fast and efficient at getting rid of weeds. Then spray the stain on, it will not stick to the metal fence.

  • Em Em on Jul 14, 2020

    You won't be able to keep the weed away forever. You can apply a vegetation killer that lasts for a year. That is however a chemical (for those opposed) and you have to be careful as to what is nearby you do NOT want to kill. They work well and kills all vegetation with usually one application. Mix and add to a spray bottle.

    As for the stain paint it on with sprayer like a Wagner spray gun.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 14, 2020

    If removing the wire isn't an option, weed whack or hand pull the grass. After you dig or pull it out by the roots, put down landscape cloth and then mulch. Finishing any fence with a spray painter is easier. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Dee Dee on Jul 14, 2020

    I used Spectracide to get rid of weeds, but be careful it also kills grass

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 14, 2020

    Either pull the weeds or pour a thin line of vinegar along the fence to kill them.

    As for the fence and getting behind the grid lines, you can let the stain run down behind the wires but you will not be able to rub off those areas.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 14, 2020

    use a grass and weed killer on the fence are first let it dry then paint you can spray paint the fence here is how to do that,paint%20it%20should%20be%20fine.

    How can I stain my fence that has chicken wire on the inside?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 15, 2020

    Hello Lisa,

    Paint over everything! Use salt along where grass grows. That should help

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 15, 2020

    Hi Lisa: Looks like you have Creeping Charlie! Yikes, that is hard to get rid of. Pick as much of it as you can and dispose of it. It's so invasive and will take over your lawn. As for the staining of your fence, I'd just use a spray stain. Your wire will get stained, too, but no biggie. Or, you can use a brush and paint the stain on, but I wouldn't worry about the wire, it will be a pain in the neck to avoid painting. Good luck

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jul 15, 2020

    You will have to use weed kill to keep the weeds from growing, and you can stain the fence with a stain and a sponge and carefully sponge the area around the wire.

  • William William on Jul 16, 2020

    Yes Use a paint sprayer or a meduim nap roller to stain the fence. Weed wacker or vegetation killer along the fence line. Then add a brick, patio block, or landscape block border along the fence level with the lawn. Would prevent the grass and make it easier to mow the lawn.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 17, 2020

    I agree with everyone about spraying the stain onto the fence and pulling/spraying weeds.