Keep the garden vertical. That's why it's good to look for shrubs and trees that max out interest as they grow up, not out. Try dwarf varieties for a small backyard, as well as more columnar evergreens (bonus—they boost wintertime interest, too).
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This really works – we did it for our raised beds and regular garden, no weeds for two years! The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months.
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