Using Newspaper Against House Foundation as Weed Barrier

We want to use folded newspapers with rocks placed on top as a weed barrier around the perimeter of our house, especially in front where there is a long thick row of day lilies. Would this work up against the foundation with no problems, such as holding water?


By Vicky

May 19, 20110 found this helpful

It may start smelling musty during the really wet season; especially this present one. You could get landscaping fabric and put down under the rocks which works well and lets water go through better.

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May 19, 20110 found this helpful

Newspaper can work but make sure you have the paper flat and graded slightly out away from the house. I have used newspaper with rocks edging and barkmulch to cover the rest. Fabric mulch by itself doesn't do a good job of keeping weeds away unless there is some sort of boundary like an edging that will keep grass from growing under and then up through. If you dig out the weeds either way, just make sure that the grading of the soil level leads water away the foundation.

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May 20, 20110 found this helpful

It would work for a few years, but eventually it would break down and weed seeds would filter through the rocks and germinate in the decomposing newspapers. Better to use landscape fabric and not have to deal with the problem again.

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May 21, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for everyone's responses. In the past, we used fabric barrier covered with rocks on a sloping bank flower bed, but the results were not the best. Maybe using both cloth and newspaper with rocks might work! The sloping grade reminder is appreciated, too. Blessings.

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