weed prevention for two years: newspaper will prevent any grass/weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after ~ 18 months. By that time, any grass/weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.
Love this! Add a strip of trim a bit above already existing baseboards, paint between, and you get faux thick baseboards! Other good ideas here as well. 31 Easy DIY Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Look More Expensive