This really works - we did it for our raised beds and regular garden, no weeds for two years!! 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.
I am doing this...I have several areas in the yard I want to turn into flower beds but because of the clay it is a lot of hard work! Also, it would give me the winter to plan what I want to plant there. The easiest way to turn lawn into garden