Clearing flowerbeds/ Planting bulbs
I was here a couple of months ago asking for advice on lawn recovery. Now I am on to the next project: clearing my flower beds. To be honest, I don't foresee spending a lot of time gardening. But I would like to have a decent, clean yard. I have a lot of flower beds. I have some bushes, a beautiful peony, some irises, a lilac bush, and a wild rose bush (thanks to a previous owner). But I have a lot of left over beds too that have been overtaken by weeds. So at this point, I am thinking of clearing everything out and putting the black cloth and mulch or some kind of stone to cover the beds, so that there is not much more of a problem with weeds anymore.
So my question is: what the above objective in mind, should I take every single weed out? I know some people have talked about cutting the grass really short and covering with newspaper to kill it. Would this work to kill my weeds if I don't plan to plant anything soon? How does one actually do it?
Also, i would like to plant some daffodils this fall. What's the best time for Calgary? I have a couple of resident rabbits, and deer maybe expected (though I haven't seen any ever in the neighbourhood). Do I need to take any precautions? My irises haven't been touched, but my neighbour says her tulips were eaten (my lone tulip survived...maybe the rabbit didn't see it?). So, what's the deal with daffodils?
Please enlighten. I will be forever grateful :)