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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All you need is a Tuna fish can, PVC pipe, Spray Paint, Dollar Store or Thrift Store Vase and candles. Beautiful walk way or patio lighting. When I made a few of these for a friends Wedding we spray painted them silver and then accented them with flowers and ribbon. I used Galvanized Pipe which is found in the plumbing department of your local hardware store. I purchased an 8' pipe for around $3.00 and cut them to length.
Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall. Awesome!
Pick up a Bundt Pan from a thrift store or yard sale. Spray Paint it to match your decor. Fill with river rocks and candles or greenery as in pic. Set it on the table before you insert your umbrella. You can also use it as a holder for your napkins and tableware. Genius!