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Use a Newspaper To Stop Weeding the Garden

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I just can't believe how fast weeds grow in a yard or garden. It seems like when you've just finished pulling all of them, they pop up again.


stack of newspapers to kill weeds


Which is frustrating. And wastes hours of time trying to take care of them.


Weed killers can help, but let's face it. None of them seem to be truly effective. And they are very toxic to pets and waterways.


So it's interesting that you can truly remedy your gardening dillemma with just a newspaper. Yep, newspaper.


It turns out that laying newspaper under mulch can effectively keep most weeds from sprouting in a year. Plus, it naturally decomposes into the soil.


And, if you decide to add plants in the area, you can just dig through the newspaper.


Many people don't get the newspaper these days, but you might be lucky enough to find a stack in a neighbor's recycling bin.


OR use grocery store circular ads.


To see how to effectively use newspaper to kill weeds, check out my article that has more helpful tips.

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kimberly- you just mentioned one yard task that I really don't like doing.  And you also answered what I was going to ask...what if I don't subscribe to the paper anymore!!! Thank you. 

Jun 11, 2020 06:59 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, that is very interesting and I had not heard about this trick before now.  I am going to try it.

Jun 12, 2020 06:44 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Sounds like a good idea.  I have used weed barriers in the past and they have worked well, but it is a pain when you want to plant new stuff.  I also imagine the newspaper acts like mulch over time.

Jun 12, 2020 10:49 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Kimberly Button,

I'm glad that Brian England re-blogged your post as I missed it. Great idea and I'm sure many will befit from this trick!

Jun 12, 2020 01:36 PM