Introduction: Cereal Box Weed Barrier

I hate feeding the land fill so I am always looking for ways to reuse my trash. I saved up cereal boxes and packaging for the last month to use as a weed barrier for my front flower bed. If our trash is going to go under the earth it might as well be serving a useful purpose.

Step 1: Materials

You'll need some boxes and land cleared for your garden bed. You will also need some potting soil or top soil. I used sixteen bags in the area in front of my house. I also had some sandstone rocks I found to edge the bed. A rake or shovel will come in handy at the end.

Step 2: Disassemble Boxes and Lay Them Out

I had a team of three little boys helping for me. The only problem I had was one who wanted to save his lego boxes. He is my hoarder.

Step 3: Add Your Edger

Covering the outside edge of the boxes prevents weeds from coming up all the way to the edge and holds the boxes down as well.

Step 4: Wet the Boxes

Hose off the boxes. This helps them begin decomposing and also helps them no slide around.

Step 5: Add Your Soil

I laid out the bags around the edge. One of the boys cut the bags opened and we all dumped.

Step 6: Spread the Dirt

Use a shovel or rake to spread the dirt. Here is the finished product ready for flowers.


aaahotdog made it! (author)2017-07-14

Thanks for sharing. Love your idea.

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