quick & easy mulch/weed control

earhtmother(z4a/b Can)June 17, 2014

I am trying to reclaim some badly neglected gardens-time & money created issues - so there are plants I am keeping established already
For a quick, easy & cheap weed killer/mulch could Ipull what I can, trim the grass etc down as low as possible, cover with several layers of newspaper then cover this with a Layer of cheap top soil? I know I would have to be vigilant about weeding anything new tthat popped up but would this effectively kill what was underneath?

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pattyokie

I often do that with the newspapers--& when you say a few layers, think really thick, like a whole section--then I put grass clippings over them for a mulch. By next year it will have broken down & improved your soil. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 12:39PM
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pattyokie

I often do that with the newspapers--& when you say a few layers, think really thick, like a whole section--then I put grass clippings over them for a mulch. By next year it will have broken down & improved your soil. Good luck. BTW, the easiest way to get the newspapers down is to put the dry papers into a garden cart or wheelbarrow & fill the thing with water. You want the papers to be wet when you put them down.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 12:41PM
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earhtmother(z4a/b Can)

Thanks Pattyokie - knew the papers should be wet just wasn't sure how to do it, I have been putting off doing this for awhile because looking at the gardens made me feel so overwhelmed & guilty but itt is time to bite the bullet & get it done

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 3:05PM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

In some 40 years of putting newspaper down to help extend the mulches I have not found it necessary to wet them first. I did one time and found the paper would tear very easily and was more trouble to place then dry paper was.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:41AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

We lay the paper, water it with a hose and then apply mulch over that. Haven't had a problem doing it that way.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:47AM
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