If you love gardening, you know how annoying it is when weeds begin overpowering your yard. Well, there’s a very clever solution to this problem…
Use a carpet of newspaper, which blocks sunlight and oxygen from reaching the soil, will smother weeds already sprouted and prevent new ones from growing. Kevin over at agardenforthehouse.com share this awesome tip for using newspapers to smother and get rid of garden weeds.
WHEN WEEDS INVADE MY PERENNIAL BEDS, I don’t get mad — I get newspaper. Newspaper-mulching, as we have discussed before, makes weeds disappear instantly. And it prevents them from re-emerging for an entire season, if not longer. I newspaper-mulched one of my weed-choked beds just this morning. Would you like to see the easy procedure?
What’s that you say?
You can’t see the peonies? Or the Baptisia? Or the pricey daylilies?
That’s because the bed has been overrun with wild onion, garlic mustard, and other invasive growth.
Pulling these weeds would be a waste of time. For once the soil has been fiddled with (through the act of pulling weeds or digging up wild onion bulbs), more weedy things would be encouraged to sprout.
But plants can’t grow and seeds can’t sprout if they are covered with a thick layer of The New York Times!
And by the way, water can permeate paper with ease. The soil below will receive plentiful moisture whenever Nature — or my garden sprinkler — deems to provide it.
Find more steps over at agardenforthehouse.com.
Featured Image courtesy of: AmberStrocel
I think all organic gardeners have their favorite weapons against weeds.