The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead.  It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months. By that time, any grass and weed seeds that were present in the soil on planting will be dead. It’s green, it’s cheaper than fabric, and when you decide to remove or redesign the bed later on, you will not have the headache you would with fabric.

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This family of old-fashioned favorites is grown for their pink, white, or red, spicy fragrant flowers and their often-evergreen clumps or mats of gray-blue, grassy leaves: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/fragrant-plant-favorites/?socsrc=bhgpin033114dianthus

This family of old-fashioned favorites is grown for their pink, white, or red, spicy fragrant flowers and their often-evergreen clumps or mats of gray-blue, grassy leaves: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/fragrant-plant-favorites/?socsrc=bhgpin033114dianthus

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You won't have to worry about dragging the hose to water this garden during the summer: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/easy/15-no-fuss-garden-plans/?socsrc=bhgpin042814droughtresistantgarden&page=1

You won't have to worry about dragging the hose to water this garden during the summer: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/plans/easy/15-no-fuss-garden-plans/?socsrc=bhgpin042814droughtresistantgarden&page=1

A lush, colorful flower garden is the perfect way to dress up your front yard: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/front-yard-flower-power/?socsrc=bhgpin022214addcurvestoyourfrontyard

A lush, colorful flower garden is the perfect way to dress up your front yard: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/landscape-basics/front-yard-flower-power/?socsrc=bhgpin022214addcurvestoyourfrontyard

Make your outdoor space more secluded by planting perennials, shrubs, or small trees at one end of your deck. See more dream decks: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/deck/ideas/dream-decks/?socsrc=bhgpin052613orangechairs=2

Make your outdoor space more secluded by planting perennials, shrubs, or small trees at one end of your deck. See more dream decks: http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/deck/ideas/dream-decks/?socsrc=bhgpin052613orangechairs=2

We love the layered colors in this lush garden!  More top annual plant pairings: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/annuals/annual-plant-pairing-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin060113colorlayers=10

We love the layered colors in this lush garden! More top annual plant pairings: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/annuals/annual-plant-pairing-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin060113colorlayers=10

Make your patio a private sanctuary by planting hedges and using fences. More patio ideas:http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/designs/build-patio-retreat/?socsrc=bhgpin060313privacy=1

Make your patio a private sanctuary by planting hedges and using fences. More patio ideas:http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/designs/build-patio-retreat/?socsrc=bhgpin060313privacy=1

The 'Cheyenne Spirit' coneflower is an All American Selections winner, making it the perfect perennial to add to your garden: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/top-new-sun-loving-perennials-for-2014/?socsrc=bhgpin032815cheyennespiritconeflower&page=4

The 'Cheyenne Spirit' coneflower is an All American Selections winner, making it the perfect perennial to add to your garden: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/top-new-sun-loving-perennials-for-2014/?socsrc=bhgpin032815cheyennespiritconeflower&page=4

Use these easy instructions to build your own raised bed to make growing any plant easier: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/how-to-build-a-raised-bed/?socsrc=bhgpin040514rasiedbed

Use these easy instructions to build your own raised bed to make growing any plant easier: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/yard/garden-care/how-to-build-a-raised-bed/?socsrc=bhgpin040514rasiedbed

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