Have you ever wanted to stop those weeds from creeping in or had an area of your yard that you would like to transform into a garden? Or do you simply want to clear an section of your woody yard from bushes and weeds? Consider using cardboard as a base instead of yard cloth. It is free and easy to come by and it will decompose throughout the year, leaving the ground clear of weeds and unwanted growth. We started using this "cardboard" technique at our beach house where we are starting to add gardens to what used to be over-grown areas. We put cardboard around this bush that we planted in the fall. This was an area that was normally full of weed, including that nasty morning glory vine that winds around all the plants and their branches.
By Spring the cardboard had desintigrated and we were able to start creating this new garden space. Recently, we built some garden boxes to grow vegetables, and cut back a lot of blackberry bush and other shrubs that grew right behind.
I also put down cardboard to stop weeds and blackberry from growing between the garden boxes and plan to add mulch over top of that as well. We were excited about the idea of using cardboard as an alternative to yard cloth, and hope that you will find it useful as well!