Mulching any flower beds this weekend? Here’s an easy trick to help keep out weeds, that won’t likely cost you a penny.
Before mulching, weed your flowerbed by hand. Then lay down leftover newspaper (that you’ve gotten from all your coupon clipping) over any areas where you don’t want weeds to creep in.
Thanks to all of you who had great suggestions with alternatives to chemicals to get rid of weeds. Try out this way to kill off weeds using vinegar – I’ve tried it before and it hasn’t worked for me, but I’m all for trying again. I’ll see if I can find any other homemade weed killer recipes, and update you all on how they go!
Cover the newspaper with mulch.
(Because this was a new bed for us we didn’t have any existing bushes to plant around, but if you do have bushes already there just adjust the newspaper around your plants.)
It will naturally keep weeds out, and is biodegradable too. It also helps to amend your soil if your soil conditions aren’t great as well, which is an added (free!) bonus.
We’ve used weed barrier fabric before and it works incredibly well (and doesn’t have to be replaced for years), but newspaper will do basically the same thing – you’ll just need to add more newspaper to your bed each time you mulch to keep the weeds at bay.
With a little newspaper you’ll have free weed protection for your flower beds, and hopefully skip weeding during the summer months. If you have any other tips on how to keep beds weed free at your house, I’d love to hear your suggestions!
I’d love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)