We put it down nice and thick and than put other mulch on top of it to keep it down. In good old south central Michigan we most generally have bales of ruined hay from rain that provides us will tons of mulch :haha:
The best garden we ever had we used newspaper mulch. We used at least 3 or 4 layers of newspaper and covered it with grass clippings(we had a mower with a bagger) several inches deep, and kept adding to it over the summer. What few weeds did grow were easily pulled.
It's easiest to wet the newspaper first so it doesn't blow away while you're trying to spread it out. We used a wheelbarrow full of water. We also used cardboard(plain brown corrugated, not glossy) under the mulch. Vinyl siding boxes cover a lot of space very quickly!
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