01:36PM | 03/23/03
Member Since: 03/18/03
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I hate to weed my garden, I have heard of putting down newspaper in between rows and around plants to stop weed growth. Does anyone know if this will harm my plants or encourage mice or bugs to take up residence?

Jay J

03:55PM | 03/25/03
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Sheldon,

Yes, newspaper will 'invite' some unwanted critters.

There's Weed Block in any store that sells gardening supplies. But it's only good for a few years. Also, 3-4" of mulch should work. THing is, you need to maintain that 3-4". That means that you may need to 'add' mulch 2-3 times per growing season (assuming you live in a location like the NE ...)

Weeds are God's gift.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


04:44AM | 03/26/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
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Layers of newspaper in the garden is an idea I first ran across in one of Patricia Lanza's books on what she calls "Lasagna Gardening" Basically the idea is to lay down layers of newspaper and organic matter from the yard and garden in a lasagna like fashion where it will compost in place. If the theory is correct, it will also compost and kill most weeds under it. Haven't seen the results yet, for the work was done in the fall. Waiting here for spring to arrive and Mother Nature to do her thing to see if it works.

The market provides a number of commercially available products for weed control in the garden that do not involve chemicals. Most of these are rolled black plastic sheeting that one lays on the ground and "staples" into place to prevent weeds from growing and to hold moisture in the ground. To plant in sucha garden, one needs to cut holes in the plastic where the plants will be set. Of course, without some sort of "under-the-plastic" watering system, one can see that while the plastic might keep the weeds down and keep initial moisture in, it also keeps the rain out....???

There are some commercially available products out there that are based more on fabrics that engineers and contractors have used for a number of years for erosion control. They're woven and non-woven rolled sheeting that use a variety of materials, some of which can be used for weed control, still allowing water to penetrate. Check your local garden center to see what's available.


04:25AM | 03/27/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
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My wife has been using newspapers in her flower gardens for years. It greatly reduces the maintenance (weeding) of the bed. On top of the papers, she places 4 to 6 inches of leaf mulch.
She learned this in a landscaping class.
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