How to: Make Your Own Upcycled DIY Garden Weed Block

By: Green couch design Apr 19, 2012

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Following the above steps is a simple way to recycle old cereal boxes and newspapers, to help stop the weeds, instead of purchasing weed block cloth or garden cloth from your hardware store. What's also nice about this option is the fact that the boxes break down into the soil over time feeding the plants that much more nutrients. Hope you enjoyed this little project. Look for similar projects like this and others on our blog Bringing Design Home.

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I don't use any cardboard, paper or garden fabric and have wonderful crops.

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In addition to using cardboard, I use brown paper grocery bags.  I just lay them side by side and overlap a little. If I am doing large areas, I go to Home Depot's paint department and buy a roll of floor covering paper that painters use to protect flooring when they paint.  This paper is thick and it is about four feet wide.  I don't recall the length of the roll but it lasts me a couple of years.  The paper has a slight reddish clay color.  Best of all it is cheap - about $7 - MUCH cheaper than landscape fabric and it is quick to lay down on large flower beds. Enjoy!

Thanks Anna for your insight! Definitely something to keep in mind. We used larger plain boxes we had left over from our new washer and dryer and saved most of the ink based boxes for our flower beds.

I always use cardboard around plants.  However it is recommended that you do not use anything with color in it if you are planting anything edible.  Some of the colored paper/boxes contain toxins.  The worms love the cardboard and I am a believer in "the more worms the better".  Happy gardening.

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