Weeds. The bane of gardeners everywhere. Want to Do Your Part to get rid of them without using toxic chemicals? There’s a simple, cheap, and perfectly safe solution—it’s the newspaper! Not only does it keep you well informed but it can snuff out stubborn weeds all while nourishing your soil.
Like the black landscape fabric you may be used to seeing, newspapers won’t let the sunshine through to the weeds waiting to emerge. Newspapers also encourage earth worm activity which will eventually break down the material, turning your present soil into better soil in the process.
Here’s what to do: Give your newspaper a good soaking first, so it doesn’t fly away. Then lap your layers—about 6 inches—so there are no gaps for a weed to sneak through. Try to use about a half-inch deep layer of newspapers – 6 to 8 sheets. This keeps the new growth of weeds from sprouting and it keeps those bigger perennial weeds from coming back. The thicker the layer of newspapers, the better weed control you will get. Then give the final newspaper layers another drink of water.
It’s also a good idea to cover the newspapers with mulch — leaves, grass clippings, bark or rock. It looks better when the papers are covered and it helps to keep them in place.
Do Your Part by giving newspapers a new use. It’s a free and easy solution to preventing weeds in your garden.