Smothering Grass with Builder's Paper

watchnerdJuly 22, 2012

I was watching a video lecture by the California Native Plant society, and they were talking about smothering grass with builder's paper.

Has anyone tried this?

Pros? Cons?

Here is a link that might be useful: Builder's Paper

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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I use newspapers but can see an advantage to having something you can roll out like that. How heavy is it? I've bought newspaper print on a roll before but not to use in my garden. Builder's paper is probably heavier.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2012 at 11:25AM
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watchnerd

It's much heavier than newspaper. It's similar in weight to butcher paper.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 8:51AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Tempting. I'm going to look for it next time I go to Lowe's. Newspapers are tricky to work with if it's a windy day. You have to overlap them so it's a bit time consuming if it's a large area.
If you plan to leave the paper there and mulch over it, you do want something that will eventually break down and would let moisture through until it does.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 10:46AM
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watchnerd

I think it should breakdown. I don't see anything about it that would prevent that from happening. As far as I can tell, it's just really thick unbleached paper. It probably won't break down as fast as newspaper, though.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2012 at 7:42PM
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kfeer(5 high desert Oregon)

I use cardboard - we get lots of box deliveries, so I just flatten them and cover over - breaks down well, really kills everthing.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2012 at 3:41PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I use cardboard too. It is free. If one is looking into covering a large areas, I have found that buisness that ship in solar panels have GREAT cardboard boxes for this. Heavy , large.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 7:49PM
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