I would suggest not using items with color ink.
I have used newspapers as a weed blocker before laying mulch. It does decompose quickly, (in my opinion), so use a thick layer.
I'm with Becky. A thick layer makes a great starter when you're creating a new bed via the "lasagne" method.
Lasagna method @Douglas Hunt? lol. that's a new one for me!
Here's a recipe, @
Thanks. I had to bookmark that one.
@Debbie L newspapers is a long standing method of gardening. Many who live in cold climates use them to prepare their beds for a cold winter. They spread them over top of their perennials to insulate them incase there is a thaw and quick freeze with little snow. Others use them to choke out the weeds before preparing a bed. If using as a mulch I would suggest shredding them and then a light covering of finely shredded mulch to disguise it to look like earth around your plants.