I have the same problem…that composted bark mulches get swept out of the bed edges and downhill on my hilly property in hard rains. I don’t think that stone mulches really "match" the woodsy site you are describing, however (and many of these materials also move in the rain, as I can tell you from my gravel areas here). But you may like the paths being the visual focal point. I like them to be more subtle and blend. When I use gravel, I use what we call pea stone in the Northeast, which is good underfoot. Again, however, it won’t stay put. I Do find that certain textures of mulch knit together better and stay put a little more (very fine and very big don’t; some of the shredded I have tried do…a trial-and-error thing). I frankly think that I am stuck raking mulch back into place a lot for the rest of my life. :(
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.