cost effective material for garden paths - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dtisdale2
June 30, 2010
Several years ago I installed a large garden area, using wood chips on top of landscape material 4 the paths. I did not think about the chips decomposing,creating a bed 4 WEEDS! The paths are extensive (expensive to cover as I am finding out). Have considered using pea gravel, or pavers. Any other ideas?

Answer from NGA
June 30, 2010


Wood chips are one of the less expensive choices for paths. Larger and harder bark chips last longer, but they can be a bit uncomfortable to walk on. Recycling is becoming popular as an earth-friendly option, and when people redo their landscapes they may offer bricks, pavers, concrete chunks from old sidewalks and driveways, pea gravel or decomposed granite mulch if someone will just haul it away. Other options for paths include commercial pavers, flagstone, slate, crushed limestone and sand. I hope these ideas help!

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