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    I've got bark and wood chips on my paths at the moment but they are rotting and it's a bit of a mess, so I was thinking of replacing them with paving slabs, but I'm not sure what kind of ground cover I should use underneath. I've come across two types of cover that let water through: Spundbond fabric and woven weed control fabric. The woven stuff frails, so I'm not too sure about that, but it doesn't rot. Does the spundbond fabric one rot?
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    Hi Feather
    The spunbond weed suppressant is infinitely superior to the woven groundcover. It is easier to lay, to cut and to handle. I have experience in laying huge quantities of both and I'd go with spunbond every time - although it is more expensive. Suppose it depends how much you need - we used 6m x 100m rolls of the stuff at a time so we noticed the price differential quite a bit - or at least my boss did
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Feather* View Post
    Hi everyone

    I've got bark and wood chips on my paths at the moment but they are rotting and it's a bit of a mess, so I was thinking of replacing them with paving slabs, but I'm not sure what kind of ground cover I should use underneath. I've come across two types of cover that let water through: Spundbond fabric and woven weed control fabric. The woven stuff frails, so I'm not too sure about that, but it doesn't rot. Does the spundbond fabric one rot?
    Any advice on this would be appreciated.
    Would a layer of sand not be sufficient as its not really load bearing (which would require concrete) and any weeds that popup in between will only be in sand and easily removed!
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    Hi there! Snadger, I know we've talked about paths in the past......I'm going to use the extra strong black plastic sheeting I used to kill off the weeds on my lottie as a base for my paths.........I'm trying to go for the cheapest, cheapest option - I've read somewhere I could use straw on top of the plastic.......what do you think? How about a layer of plastic, sand and then straw? Ta chuck! DDL
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    Quote Originally Posted by dexterdoglancashire View Post
    Hi there! Snadger, I know we've talked about paths in the past......I'm going to use the extra strong black plastic sheeting I used to kill off the weeds on my lottie as a base for my paths.........I'm trying to go for the cheapest, cheapest option - I've read somewhere I could use straw on top of the plastic.......what do you think? How about a layer of plastic, sand and then straw? Ta chuck! DDL
    Hi DDL, I've just re-read my previous thread and I don't think I was very explicit. The sand was in that instance was to be used 'under the paving flags' Anyway....
    I too may be using plastic with sand on top as a temporarary measure until I could afford something else. If it works well though I'll stick with it!

    Supersprout uses a lot of straw, but she uses it as a mulch on the beds. I don't think it would be a good idea to use it on the paths, especially if they are permanent as it rots down too quickly and you will be basically walking on a slowly deteriorating compost heap!

    I will probably use the sand on plastic until the council in there infinate wisdom decide to dump a load of woodchippings! Once delivered, I'll be down like a shot with the wheelbarrow and just lay them on top of the sand!

    So it's plastic.... sand..... then woodchips for me, then straw as a mulch on some of the beds!
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    I love my woodchip paths, they smell delicious. I've just renewed them all as they were rotting down. We ask a local garden/oddjob firm to deliver them to our site, in exchange for a few free veggies now and again
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    I've been collecting carpet to use for my paths (well, just one path - up the middle of the plot). I'm not too sure about the environmentally friendliness of it, but at least i saved the carpet from landfill.

    There's no way we can afford paving slabs, or even enough woodchip come to think of it, our plot is just too big! Something has to be done though, the weeds on the path got completely out of control last year and i don't have a mower!
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    We've used woodchip on top of weed suppressant material for most of our paths, although the wood chip mountain we had on the site has disappeared rapidly once found by another plotholder who has used it liberally over his plot with nothing underneath
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