killing weeds with newspaper
last fall I planted several bushes in a natural area and then put down about 3" of triple-shredded hardwood mulch.
Today there are so many weeds in that area, I can barely see the bushes. I can't pull that many weeds.....it would take forever not mention my back can't take that any more.
I was thinking of removing the mulch, putting down a few layers of newspaper and then putting new mulch back down.
As the newspaper breaks down, will it hurt the bushes? I wouldn't thinks so, but I wanted to make sure.
Also, are different mulches better than others to help prevent weeds? Obviously I will get weeds, but I want as little as possible:-)
Thanks in advance for your help.