Benefits/drawbacks of landscape cloth/newspaper?
I'm working on landscaping around our new pool area, and cleaning up a few years' worth of weeds-- actually the worst is just the St. Augustine grass-- it doesn't seem to want to grow on the lawn sections but pops up in other strange places.
At any rate, I've got a blank slate now, except for a couple palm trees, several hibiscus plants, an oleander bush, and some bougainvillea. I put some pine bark mulch around the hibiscus plants, but everything else is dirt. I've read the threads on here about landscape cloth versus newspaper, but I'm wondering if all of you use this, or if some of you just leave it alone with some mulch and tackle the weeds as they arise. My fear about using landscape cloth or newspaper is just that plants won't reseed themselves, and spreading plants won't spread.
Any thoughts on the benefits or drawbacks of using these ground coverings versus nothing at all?