my question is about garden paths. last summer i installed a garden in my backyard. the backyard is rectangular in shape. beyond the fence in back is a creek. lots of trees. in the center of my backyard is a mature, beautiful american beech. i had a landscape group come take out the grass/weeds and install lots of raised beds and build paths around the beech and through the beds. the feel is of a woodland setting. i’ve planted perennials, easy shrubs, a few small native trees, ferns. it has a natural look. the paths are mulch (hardwood bark) which looked terrific last year in our drought (washington dc/maryland area). earlier in the spring i re-mulched everything. we’ve had a ton of rain so far, and given the very gentle slope of the yard, the rain really moves down those pathways. the mulch has gotten pushed all along and looks pretty ratty. i’m wondering if i should replace the mulched pathways with pebbles. any other kind of stone? i don’t want a fancy look, but i would like the pathways to look and hold up better. another consideration is that the beech drops *a ton* of leaves in the fall, and there’s a lot of raking/blowing involved. sorry this question is so long…i appreciate all the help. and thanks. elizabeth
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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.