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Old 06-30-2019, 12:26 PM
 
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Right now I have one bed I'm not planting in this season, so I'm just leaving the cardboard weighed down with some pavers to keep it from becoming a weed garden. It's hot and dry now, but when it starts raining here it doesn't know when to stop and I figure by next spring that bed will be all ready, no new weeds.

I haven't gotten to the others yet as I have digging to do first, but we'll see how the experiment works out. I know certain spiders and some snakes love damp layered stuff, so I wouldn't pull any of it up by hand.
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Old 07-30-2019, 12:13 AM
 
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Cardboard is a generic term for heavy-duty paper-based products having a greater thickness and superior durability or other specific mechanical attributes to paper; such as foldability, and impact resistance. The construction can range from a thick sheet known as paperboard to corrugated fiberboard which is made of multiple corrugated and flat layers. cardboard boxes
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I use old newspaper, 4 sheets thick and cover with mulch.
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Old 08-03-2019, 08:37 PM
 
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My mother used to tell me that my grandparents used to roll up vegetable and fruit waste into old newspapers and bury it in their garden. I have never done this, because I am concerned that there are chemicals in the newspaper and cardboard that would leach into the garden soil. I have never used fertilizer of any kind in our garden, but I regularly use lots of mulch made of leaves and grass clippings and it works great.
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Old 08-04-2019, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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My mother used to tell me that my grandparents used to roll up vegetable and fruit waste into old newspapers and bury it in their garden. I have never done this, because I am concerned that there are chemicals in the newspaper and cardboard that would leach into the garden soil. I have never used fertilizer of any kind in our garden, but I regularly use lots of mulch made of leaves and grass clippings and it works great.

As long as the newspapers don't have color print, its fine.

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Right now I have one bed I'm not planting in this season, so I'm just leaving the cardboard weighed down with some pavers to keep it from becoming a weed garden. It's hot and dry now, but when it starts raining here it doesn't know when to stop and I figure by next spring that bed will be all ready, no new weeds.
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You're gonna be surprised. Cardboard is only temporary and a must do each season. New weeds will always come back, its not like the seeds are gone.
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Old 08-04-2019, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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As long as the newspapers don't have color print, its fine.
Some papers say it is OK to use the color pages as well.
https://www.charlotteobserver.com/ne...le9097874.html
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