Best way to prevent weeds in garden without the high expense?

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  • Landscape fabric and mulch will be the best - weeds will always pop up, it is the laws of nature.

  • Marra Marra on Jun 21, 2017
    If you can't afford landscape fabric and have a supply of newspaper, it works pretty well at keeping down the weeds. It will eventually break down but, a 1/4" of paper will help with week control for several years and still allow water to absorb into the ground. A good layer of mulch, approx 2-3" on top of the papers should provided several years of easy gardening with only a few shallow rooted weeds.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 21, 2017
    Use newspaper,cardboard,heavy landscape fabric and mulch.

  • Judy Long Judy Long on Jun 21, 2017
    We could not afford mulch. Put down grass clippings and it is working great. Have a 2" layer.

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    • Judy Long Judy Long on Jun 23, 2017
      We have raised beds and used the clippings between the beds. We have always had a problem with the weeds in these walk areas. Have not noticed any nasty smell. As far as smothering what is under, isn't that what you want?

  • Bnsthrlnd Bnsthrlnd on Jun 21, 2017
    mulch mulch mulch

  • Nancy Eaton McEwen Nancy Eaton McEwen on Jun 21, 2017
    Layers of newspaper under the mulch. Spray break through weeds with Vinegar and water and some salt mixed in.

  • Allison Allison on Jun 21, 2017
    Personally, I hate landscape fabric. Eventually it will allow the weeds to pop through and makes them impossible to pull without the fabric tearing up. Removing the fabric has been one of the worst tasks in my 20 years of gardening, never again. I now use cardboard, as another poster suggested. I soak it then add grass clippings (another poster with this fabulous idea) and any weeds I have pulled. Try to get those weeds scalped or pulled before they go to seed and each year you will have less and less to deal with. I scalp a good bit of mine with a coal shovel, easy-peasy. Sharpen the edge with a file occasionally. I have heard that corn gluten will act as a weed suppressant, but since I allow some of my plants to reseed, it would not work for me.

  • NCbulldoglover NCbulldoglover on Jun 21, 2017
    I used Preen in my flower beds and it works great.