Gardening Tips, Tricks and Amazing facts forum: Newspaper for Weed Barrier

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Imageenidcandles
Apr 2, 2011 8:39 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
Works for me!

I use a four page layer of wet newspaper and cover it with mulch, rock or sand depending on what I am doing. As long as I make sure that the pages overlap, I have no weeds!

I have tried plastic and cardboard with unfavorable results. The cardboard lifts/shifts, pokes out and looks rather unsighly when it dries out. Plastic leaves a really wet, nasty rotten smelling mess when you lift it and I have not had good success with any plants that were planted in the beds that were lined with plastic.

I have the same problem with store bought weed fabric. I can't seem to keep it in place and the bermuda grass will grow up through the seams regardless of what I do.

For my North Central Oklahoma gardening and landscaping projects, wet newspaper is the best weed guard I have found!
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Imagegardenersdetective
Apr 11, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
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I agree Just today my DH was cleaning out the garage and asked why we are saving all this newspaper. You can tell he's not a gardener.
Imageenidcandles
Apr 12, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing they sure are easy to spot!
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Imagewildflowers
Apr 28, 2011 4:40 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
ooo we have mulch coming on Monday! but no newspaper! where'm I gonna get enough newspaper hmmmmm...

thanks for that tip. the weeds, especially that grass whatever it is that you cannot pull up for nothing, they really do find their way right thru that fabric!!
FAITH over fear!

Imageenidcandles
Apr 29, 2011 2:34 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
I of course save mine all year...however, if you will call your local newspaper office I bet they have leftover papers they would let you have.

The grass, is it bermuda? That's what I have here and it is a pain in the rear! I use Gordon's Ornamec 170 on that to keep it killed out.
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Imagewildflowers
Apr 29, 2011 8:10 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
no wonder you're a candle maker with the hours you keep Hilarious!

I don't really know what kind of grass this is so maybe it is bermuda.... *Blush* I know I can hardly dig it up it has such a grip in the ground & sometimes I can pull up long runners? It is my enemy!
FAITH over fear!

Imageenidcandles
Apr 29, 2011 8:58 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
Yup - Bermuda! Runs and runs and runs and seems to go deeper and deeper every year - must have been propagated by the devil himself!

LOL - the hours I keep, the little guy got me up at 2 am, cutting molars and he is evil! Who knew anyone that short could cause so much trouble!

Well, off to nap now...if you are only watching this thread, you need to hop over to the Iris page (in this forum) I posted my pics there. I am working on getting everything up there - before and after shots.
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Imagewildflowers
Apr 30, 2011 1:27 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
hey girlfriend

You are the featured cubit today!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
FAITH over fear!

Imagelovemyhouse
Jun 1, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
thank you for the weed idea. i have that nasty devil grass, too, right where i want to put new beds. going to try it soon as the office kids come help. (they work cheap!)
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Imageenidcandles
Jun 1, 2011 10:09 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
Bermuda IS the devil! However, if it weren't for bermuda I would have no grass at all!
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ImagePuff
Jul 29, 2011 9:10 PM CST
Name: Flowers
NC
I'm shootin for the newspaper solution this year Enid Hopefully it will keep the grass out of my shrubs and away from my tree roots. I tried some tar paper last year, it didn't stay down long before I took it up. Blinking I did stuff newspaper in the middle of an Azalea Bush that was getting choked out. It didn't look to pretty but it worked and saved the shrub Hurray!
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Imageenidcandles
Jul 30, 2011 8:20 AM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
It sure works for me! At least it doesn't come up all over like the weed fabric does.
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Imagewildflowers
Jul 30, 2011 2:42 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I'm gonna try it too!! the weeds are everywhere! and that grass that you cannot pull up and it takes over the entire area..... what did you say it was called? Angry Thumbs down want to get rid of it forever Rolling on the floor laughing
FAITH over fear!

Imageenidcandles
Jul 30, 2011 10:08 PM CST
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK
Be still and Listen!
It is bermuda grass. If you use chemicals, the best I have found is Gordon's Ornamec 170. I use it on my wild flowers and after three applications have just about got it killed out. What isn't dead yet is severly stunted and not actively growing. I think this fall when I can treat it again, it will be gone.
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