9 Ways to Create a Garden Path
Wood mulch: easy and natural
Pros Easy and inexpensive to lay down; looks natural; replenishes the soil. Three solid inches of mulch blocks most weeds.
Cons Requires yearly replenishing. Wood chips get kicked off the path easily, and the path wears down quickly. Best for low-traffic areas.
Tip Instead of bark or wood chips, use shredded mulch, which stays in place better.