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Old 04-22-2015, 08:12 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Originally Posted by NCN View Post
I don't understand why your newspapers didn't work. My mother always used a thick layer of newspapers and then only needed to weed right nest to the plants.
I have found newspaper to work too, but only for that one season. It has to be thick, at least 1/2" layers and then 2-3" of bark or wood chips. Finer mulch will enable seeds to grow. The weed cloth fabric at the home centers and nurseries works great as long as you replace the bark/chips every few years as it breaks down. Weed cannot come up through it, but seeds will germinate in decaying bark.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:34 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Newspapers works if there aren't a ton of weeds. It was horrible for me. it breaks down too fast.

Here's what I do for the garden beds. Like I said I used weed blocker for around foundation beds. Both methods work perfectly. Except the weed blocker will last longer. Many Years vs just 1 but I don't mind doing this each year for the veggie garden.

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Old 04-22-2015, 08:35 AM
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I'm not sure waxed paper, alone, will work. Not even parchment paper, alone, will work. For one thing, light goes thru it.

What about hiring a professional landscaping outfit to spray? They have access to sprays and equipment you don't. Expensive, but do it once, get them under control, then try other ways to control the new ones.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:44 AM
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I tried something different one year that really helped a lot. At the end of the season when it was time to clean out the garden for winter, I pulled everything out. Then I put down some tar paper we had left-over from some from roofing we had done.

The weight and blackness killed everything.

In the spring, I threw out the tar paper, put in some fresh weed-stop and planted a new garden. (It worked).
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