We have a division of labour in the garden: I mow the lawns and do the heavy lifting and digging, Anita weeds the flower beds. These days, Anita's shoulders don't support using a hoe, so the weeding takes a long time and it's a bit of a Forth road bridge job. So we've decided to try smothering the weedlings with wood chips.
You can get the chips for €35 the metre cubed (it costs a bit more if you want it delivered), and a metre cubed covers ten square metres at 10cm thinkness. Here's the chips on the bed beside the driveway, where the Daffs have almost finished flowering.