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CARDBOARD & NEWSPAPER - to kill weeds & grass
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Lark
Wisconsin zone 4/5
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June 23, 2011 - 7:59 pm

I wanted to kill some weeds and grass without chemicals so I laid down a thick layer of black & white newspaper sprayed, sprayed it with water and then put a thin layer of grass clippings on top. The worms should be attracked to all of that and in time it will be fertile soil. I will be expanding the hosta bed alittle.Wink

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Brenda
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June 23, 2011 - 8:07 pm

I have thought about doing this around my tomatoe plants. I also read last week that someone puts cardboard down in their garden and wet's it down to keep down weeds and feed worms..please keep us updated if it worksLaugh

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Lark
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November 7, 2011 - 6:33 am

This time of the year is an excellent time to spot weeds and grass in the garden. When I see an area that I want to get rid of them, I spread black & white print newspaper about 1/2" thick, sprinkle it thoughly with water and cover it with shredded leaves and/or grass clippings. YES CARDBOARD IS AND EXCELLENT ALTERNITIVE.  Use this method for creating a new garden area for next Spring. It not only kills the unwanted weeds and grass, it gets fertilized by the worms.  CHEAP & EASY! Plus you are recycling. Cool

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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June 5, 2014 - 5:46 pm

NEWSPAPER FOR MULCH. This is a great way to recycle and feed the soil. The worms love it. The worm castings (poop) will fertilize your soil. WIN, WIN! 

 

I was over at my Mom's preparing her garden area for my extra pumpkin plants. Dave was cutting her grass & picking up the clippings.  I spread newspaper thickly over the garden soil, grass and weeds. Making sure I overlap the seams by several inches. Doing this will eliminate the weeds & grass coming up between the sheets.  Lucky for me there was no wind. I didn't have to drag the hose back to this area to water the newspaper. If it is windy when you want to do this method of mulching, lay a few papers then water them. They will stay in place until you get the grass clippings on them.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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May 22, 2017 - 5:49 am

Weeds are appearing very fast. Cry Down in my hosta area they are horrible.  This time of the year I have an abundance of grass clippings.  I save cardboard during the off season of gardening and use it to block out light from hitting the soil and then cover the cardboard with grass clippings.  I also use THICK layers of newspaper that works the same way. 

I am lucky to have a nice supply of cardboard.  The senior living where my Mom lives has a dumpster of just cardboard and the great thing of getting it there is that it is already crushed down.  Smile

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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