Bark mulch isn’t the best idea for succulents; it holds too much moisture, especially in the winter. I wouldn’t put down any mulch until you’ve been able to get the weeds pretty well cleaned out. (Try applying Preen or corn gluten as you go.) Pebbles would look great eventually; but they’re a pain to weed, and everything under the sun seems to love germinating in pebbles. There’s also a stone grit used for walkways – I have a bluestone grit in my garden paths – that might work.
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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.