paul wheaton wrote:
I think the subject is covered well, I just wanna throw something in ... just my own opinion that is significantly different from most permies: I would not use cardboard or newspaper for mulch. It's the glues that hold the bits of fiber together that bother me. Most folks seem completely comfortable with it. I'm not.
I'm a big fan of using bales of alfalfa.
As for shingles ... we're talking about tar shingles, right? While I can see how this would, indeed, be entirely effective for what you are suggesting, and it is far better than using herbicides ... I would still look for a something a bit more benign. But ... that's just me.