Comments: Garden Talk

I'm so glad to read you do the newspaper thing. I'm a big fan of mulch and composting, but have only recently heard of folks putting down layers of paper as a weed barrier. How much do you put down, and is it really effective? Does your mulch cover it well, where no paper shows through?

Posted by Jennifer at April 30, 2008 07:10 PM

I've been using newspaper as a weed barrier for several years and have always been pretty pleased with how well it works. You have to use layers of at least about 6-8 sheets according to most of the books. I don't really count. I use a section at a time or two sections if they seem really thin. We don't actually subscribe to the paper, but my husband brings them home from the office and we save grocery store circulars and free papers that we pick up while out.

As for the question of will the mulch cover it -- that is totally dependent upon how much mulch you put down. I don't mulch all that thickly, but my general standard is to put down enough mulch to cover the paper. The paper also helps to keep the soil underneath moist, so you don't need a ton of mulch and too much mulch always makes a garden look like a gas station anyway.

Posted by Jordana at April 30, 2008 08:09 PM

I've been wondering about that myself. What a know about gardening would fit in a pudding cup.

Thanks, Jordana.

Posted by Janis Gore at May 2, 2008 10:54 AM

Thanks for this information. I will definitely try the newspaper under mulch idea.

Since you are always so good with book suggestions - any gardening favorites that might help the novice gardener?

Jennifer

Posted by Jennifer at May 7, 2008 11:04 AM