Answer: The area you describe would lend itself nicely to a wood chip ground cover. The wood chips will have to be replaced every few years (or simply topped off with fresh wood chips), where stones are a bit more permanent. There are a number of living groundcovers that you can plant after placing the wood chips down, that will grow over the wood chips and eventually hide them. If it's a sunny area, Hypericum (St.John's Wort), Aubrieta, or prostrate Veronica would do well. If it's shady, try Vinca Minor or Saxifraga. <br><br>To block weeds effectively, you can either use the black landscape fabric under the chips, covering it with a 2 or 3 inch layer, or use a 6 or 7 inch layer of straight wood chips. I'm not aware of any problem with termites and wood chips--you might avoid piling the chips deep against your house foundation. And they shouldn't attract any other bugs to your yard.
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