The Q&A Archives: mulching the veggies

Question: I have seen plenty of advice about using straw for mulch, and one for black & white of the newspaper for herbicide. But could i use the newspaper then lay hay down on top? I already have the hay.

Answer: Absolutely you can layer newspaper first then top it with any organic mulch you have available. Overlap the edges so you have continuous coverage and exclude light. One thing I should mention is that hay may contain seeds where straw is relatively seedless -- you can use hay but it may import some weed seeds.

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