So I thought I’d share with you a little trick to kill large patches of weeds without a lot of effort…and no…it doesn’t involve Round-Up :)
I did this just over the weekend because I will leave it through the winter and hopefully have some nice, somewhat-amended dirt in the spring – weed free of course!
First – the weeds.
Next: some compost. I sifted this through my little compost screen. You could also use grass clippings or mulch as well.
Then: lay down newspaper, at least 4 pages thick. Cover all weeds and overlap the edges. Then soak it with the hose. The idea here is to smother the weeds.
Finally, cover up your newspaper with compost/mulch/grass clippings/etc at least 2-3 inches thick. This is an in-progress picture – you’ll want to completely cover all your newspaper.
This will smother your weeds and the newspaper will break down on its own. It’s a great way to cover up a lot of weeds (and prevent their seeds from spreading this fall) and I can just let it sit all winter and break down. Then in the spring, the weeds will be composted into the soil, no new seeds will have spread, and I can start planting in this area. :)