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Newspaper for weed control

Posted by freedombelle2001 NE (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 6, 14 at 10:11

I have thick layers of newspaper in my raised beds to kill weeds. My question is can I put soil on top of the newspaper then my plants and mulch instead of cutting holes in the paper to plant? Linda H.

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RE: Newspaper for weed control

Yes you can! If the soil is deep enough for the root system of the plants you have in there. Wet the newspaper very well. It will decompose over weeks, usually in time for the roots to get that deep, if just the soil on top isn't deep enough.

RE: Newspaper for weed control

You could, but that would mean putting at a minimum 6 inches of soil on top of the newspaper. There is no good reason to put down of many pages of newsprint that planting through them is difficult. 4 to 6 pagers is adequate.

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RE: Newspaper for weed control

Just make sure whatever you were trying to smother is dead before you put holes in the paper or the whole effort will be for naught, the weeds will grow back through those holes. Usually the paper is covered with something when laid down, which keeps it moist and causes it to decompose within a few months. If your paper isn't decomposed yet, you may just have a very dry climate, put thicker layers of it, or it may not have been in place long enough to ensure the unwanted plants have been smothered. A pic always helps, if you feel like adding one.

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