Put newspaper over the dirt pages thick & then cover it with mulch. The newspaper will prevent any grass & weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass & weed seeds that had been pres
***Bugs can be a problem when mulch is too close to the house. Adding rocks can help that problem and also keeps heavy rain from splashing muddy mulch all over the siding. Great idea for front flower bed where the rain pours down.
Gardening Tip: Using newspaper as a weed barrier is a great low-cost option for gardeners! When using newspaper to prevent weeds, remember to lay the paper once it is damp, use several layers, and cover with mulch or soil to keep the paper in place.