Country Lore: Shredded Paper Mulch

When soaked with a small amount of water, shredded paper mulch works well at supressing weeds and keeping the ground cool.


| August/September 2010


I use shredded paper mulch in my garden. It keeps the ground cool and smothers weeds. After the shreds have been laid down and watered, they form a blanket similar to papier-mâché. Water still gets through, but the weeds can’t. Potatoes and peppers love it. I think the hot peppers get hotter because of the reflective nature of the paper.

Sarah Germeroth
Hollenberg, Kansas

Frecky
6/5/2013 10:23:37 PM

What type of paper could be used?  Curious about toxins in newspapers, trash mail, or paper with ink from personal printers.

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