The first one I like is so easy. It works both for veggies and flowers or even shrubs. As you begin cleaning out beds in spring use news paper to spread in layers of 4-6 sheets making sure to over lap the edges. As those of you who know me know I am an orgainc gardener and I use everything to its best use. So I use grass clippings leaves and or straw to line my beds over the newspaper. Then as time goes by I continue to add fresh clippings and in a few months I add new layers of paper right on top of the clippings and such and continue to cover with mulch / clippings. This does several things in your gardens. It retains moisture to the soil in the summer, prevents weed seeds from sprouting, keeps roots cool and compost naturally without much effort on your part right in your garden where you need it. It's soil conservation, water conservation , and recycling at its best! Stay tuned for the next weed control tip.