I want to put down some paper and mulch to control the weeds and for cosmetic value. I already have a damp basement which i deal with by opening windows when it's dry out (fall, early spring) and dehumidify during the summer. Will this likely contribute to the problem? I'm not sure if there's anything else I can do about the moisture, at least nothing that's within my reach right now. I've already extended the downspouts as far as I can. My other half wants to improve the appearance of the house around the shrubbery and she is pushing to put down the paper and the mulch.