Morning! My garden area is an old-style large tilled area. In the past we've literally lost plants to the weeds . Last few years we've used black plastic sheeting and planted through that. It works beautifully to keep the weeds from starting, but... it's ugly it's hot to walk on it's ugly it's expensive its ugly it degrades in the sun and shreds when we try to pick it up at the end of the season oh, and it's butt-ugly. I have lots of space to mulch, my plants are spaced pretty far apart. I also have a bunch of card board and paper bags, things like that. I'm thinking to just use them as mulch/weed barrier. Anyone see any issues with that? I figure they'll degrade and be tilled in if we're still on this property next year (Lord, please let us not still be on this property next year!). My thought is to lay them around the plants and cover with dirt or rocks to hold them in place until the plants grow enough to cover them. And yep, I know there are other ways to garden that make for easier weed control, but this is what I've got for this year, no going back now!