What’s black and white and mulch all over? Yes, newspapers.
With a family addition nearly due to distract them, our neighbours G. and W. are cleverly smothering a former weed patch in their garden with newspapers, topped with a few inches of woodchips. That should keep weeds down to a dull roar while the new parents attend to more rewarding matters.
The blade of grass visible in the top left corner above shows that this method doesn’t entirely eradicate weeding. Weed seeds can still land and germinate in the mulch. However, there are many more weed seeds in the uncovered soil, such as those starting to take root at right. Beneath the paper, the environment is much less hospitable.
Last month, Sarah wrote about how she has successfully used this method to reclaim her flower garden from the big bluestem grasses at her country place. It works in urban settings, too. Not only does it save weeding time, it can save digging time if you want to clear a large area. To plant something, simply cut a hole in the papers and plant.