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Easy, green way to rid your garden of weeds and grass.

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Kamia T. (90)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 3:27 pm
Umm, sorry, but if you only use newspaper and wait just a few weeks, I GUARANTEE you that as soon as you uncover the whole thing and begin planting, grass and weed seeds will be sprouting up again just as quickly. You have to completely solarize the soil, which means covering it with a tarp and allowing the area to get very hot for a minimum of two months. You also have to be aware that while some grasses are shallow-rooted and this will work, others, and many weeds are not, so you will still have to pull them to have a clean bed.

krysta Ice (24)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 5:12 pm
Umm, sorry, but tarp material is NOT ECO-FRIENDLY. If anyone knows a better GREEN way then please let us know. I'm fairly new at gardening so I wasn't sure if newspaper would work or not.

krysta Ice (24)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 5:52 pm
I read the article again; You don't take the newspapers off, they biodegrade. Also, mulch goes on top of the newspaper so the weeds and grass won't have any sun or light for a long time. Time will tell how well this works, but if not then it's back to the drawing board. I won't use anything that's harmful to the environment even if I have to pull some weeds.

Donn M. (3)
Thursday February 27, 2014, 8:39 pm
I've tried this with very inconsistent results, depends on type of grass.

Sabine H. (167)
Friday February 28, 2014, 12:11 pm
Thanks for sharing... will try...

Past Member (0)
Friday February 28, 2014, 12:15 pm
A handy little tip in readiness to plant our anti-Monsanto vegetable gardens.

Lonsdale Moon (114)
Friday February 28, 2014, 12:22 pm
If you want to kill anything in the garden my dogs pee always does the trick :)

Birgit W. (155)
Friday February 28, 2014, 2:14 pm
I liked Lonsdale Moon's advice. :-) Thanks.

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 2:35 pm
If the newspaper thing doesn't work then my neighbors dog, who likes to step in my future herb garden, will help out.

Dianne D. (477)
Friday February 28, 2014, 2:39 pm
thanks for the information. Any idea how to kill crabgrass without chemicals?

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 2:54 pm
Dianne D. I found this on the ehow website, you might want to take a look.

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 3:00 pm
BTW: The article recommends the use of plastic so maybe if you have something old you could that or buy plastic at a thrift store. I won't use the plastic way unless it's an old shower curtain. I don't want to use plastic at all.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Friday February 28, 2014, 3:12 pm
Interesting, I've tried with newspaper but gave no result. I got good results with plastic supermarket bags.

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 3:27 pm
Well Edgar, we are trying to find ways without using harmful materials or chemicals and plastic bags are very bad for the environment. Some other ideas I ran across are using vinegar or boiling water and according to P Allen Smith there is an herbicidal soap that can be used. Of course there is also some good old fashioned weed pulling involved too, but over time if you keep planting healthy plants the weeds will become less of a problem. If it's a whole lawn then I dunno.

Christine Farrell (3)
Friday February 28, 2014, 4:33 pm
1. I don't buy newspapers, because of the whole issue with paper.
2. I read something very similar a few years ago in a book called "Lasagne Gardening", which recommended working on only a very small section of ground at a time.

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 4:53 pm
I haven't bought a newspaper in years, but many of the sale papers I get in the mail are made out of newspaper material.

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday February 28, 2014, 5:11 pm
Newspapers do contain chemicals. Once I wrapped some crystal glassware in newspapers and stored it. When I unwrapped it a good while later the glassware was turned cloudy from the chemicals in the newspaper.

Patsy Olive (0)
Friday February 28, 2014, 5:16 pm
Noted & tweeted.

krysta Ice (24)
Friday February 28, 2014, 5:51 pm
There is a very small amount of ink that will get heavily diluted in a garden to the point it becomes nothing. That is how they have to clean some brown fields. As far as what happened to your crystal, I have my doubts that it was the newspaper. I have crystal that has been wrapped in newspaper with no ill effects. Plastic and chemicals are still far worse than newspaper.

. (5)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:17 am

S S. (0)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 12:37 pm
Thank you.

Kamia T. (90)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 1:44 pm
If you don't like plastic to solarize the weed and grass seeds and roots, then some other alternatives are old storm doors or replacement windows laid flat, then taken up. You can often find these for a pittance at thrift shops or Habitat for Humanity ReStores, and after you're done using them for that purpose, you can re-purpose them into portable cold frames with a few of the old-fashioned rectangular hay bales.

Lloyd H. (46)
Saturday March 1, 2014, 11:29 pm
To quote my 90 year old mother, "If you want a weed free garden get off your lazy fat ass and weed it at least every other day, or let it go back to nature because you are to lazy to be a Gardener." , that is the polite for public version. Mom is a Veteran of WW II and the Korean War and left the service as a WAC Drill Instructor who can make truckers blush. And she is right if you want it work for, put in the time it takes or just do not bother.

Robert O. (12)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 12:58 am

Arlene C. (84)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 5:27 am
je n'ai jamais utilisť de pesticides ou toute forme de produits chimiques. Je recueille l'eau de pluie pour certaines parties de mon terrain pour le reste je fais confiance en la nature

Winn Adams (218)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 6:56 am

krysta Ice (24)
Sunday March 2, 2014, 11:01 am
Lloyd H: LOL: mom leaves no room for misunderstanding! However, there are people who may want a garden, but due to time constraints or health reasons don't have the time or ability to pull weeds regularly... yes, they should bother to have gardens anyway, if they wish. Even if they simply don't want to pull weeds they should still have a garden. I personally am nowhere near fat, and not lazy, I don't mind pulling weeds with what garden space I have now as it's very small. I was mainly posting this article as a guide for those who need ideas for gardening... I don't think they should be insulted if they need assistance with weeds.

Julie W. (28)
Monday March 3, 2014, 2:17 am

A number of you are talking about pulling weeds, when the title of the article refers to 'grass', which is much harder to eradicate. Especially if it's a perennial grass, like couch - you haven't a hope of pulling it up, or digging it.

The newspaper trick may work if it's thick enough,but will have to be left in place about a year. Solarisation is the only way to get rid of some of the deep-rooted perennial grasses.


krysta Ice (24)
Monday March 3, 2014, 5:42 am
Julie W: Weeds are mentioned within the article itself. This is an open forum and the discussions may go in any direction, there are no strict rules about sticking to just the headline topic. It's just garden-talk.

Fine, so solarisation is the only way to rid your garden of certain grasses. What are ways of doing this in an eco-friendly way? What did people do before plastic tarps?

Melania Padilla (190)
Friday March 7, 2014, 8:30 am
Thanks :)
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