A 3- to 4-inch-thick layer of wood chips or other organic mulch is fine for areas with light foot traffic. Even though it's last in this list, make it your first choice when you don't need the durability of a hard surface.
Mulch is simple to install; just dump it and rake it around. But before placing the mulch, lower the soil 3 inches along the edges of pavement so that the mulch won't spill onto the paved area. Don't put anything down under the mulch; weed control fabrics make weeding even harder and plastic sheeting interrupts the movement of water into the soil. If you have serious weed problems, put three to four layers of corrugated cardboard on the surface of the soil before you place the mulch.
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