Converting Weeds, Grasses into Planting Bed
We have a slope off our lawn in the back that is covered with wild stuff, grasses, weeds, etc. We'd like to be able to plant it with flowers. From some quick searches I gather that one approach would be to cover the current growth with newspaper, mulch, and then cover with an erosion control blanket for a season. Hopefully that will leave us with a nice planting bed down the road.
I have a few questions:
Do I need to cut down the growth that's out there now, or can i just put the covering stuff down on top of it?
Do I need to mulch it, or will the newspaper "become" mulch in the process? Getting a truckload of mulch in will mean I can't get this done tomorrow, on a holiday off.
And the erosion blanket I talked to a guy on the phone about is supposed to break down in about 6-8 months. Is that ample time for this process, or do i need something with a longer "breakdown" time.
Thanks, and sorry for the basic questions. I'm not much of a gardener (yet!).