This comes from a financial blog that I follow.
Last year when I redid my front yard, I decided to lasagna it. This refers to using newspaper as a barrier to weeds. Worked like a dream. Buh-bye thistles!
You don’t have to have a serious weed problem to put all those newspaper you’ve piled up to good use. Lasagna an area of your garden that you want to turn into a bed just before the winter and you’ll have a grass-free zone for planting come spring. Simply cover the area you want for your new bed with about six layers of newspaper, dampening each layer as you go, and then top with a mixture of soil and shredded leaves. You’ll need about four inches on top of the newspaper. Again, wet thoroughly. Next spring your new bed will be ready for planting because the newspaper/soil covering will have smothered the grass/weeds beneath.