I’m looking for the best way to renovate and/or maintain an extensive network of gravel paths for a particular garden.
In theory they are hoggin but they are more gravel than hoggin (I’ve been told that previously the bad weed situation was dealt with by scraping off the top layer. No new material was put down). So it’s hoggin-ish in places, gravelly sub in others.
2 photos below (paths more extensive)
It is sprayed over the growing season, though not before the weeds have got pretty noticeable – so not frequently enough to prevent a build-up of organic material. Moss forms a surface crust over c. 30%. Spraying frequency not anticipated to change.
We’ve reached a dead end with spraying as the weeds don’t magically disappear, 50% of the pathways have the beginnings of a soil horizon. As I write this my hope is fading.
- Is there any value in mechanically disturbing the surface to try and reduce build up of soil/organic material (remembering that in theory it is hoggin)? What would be the method: some sort of powered rake followed by a leaf blower? I know I’m grasping at straws here.
- Time to re-surface? Perennial weed aren’t a problem – it’s the stuff coming from above, so weed membranes not necessary.
- Do all gravel paths have a life span – I guess determined by how well they are maintained?
Any experience/advice much appreciated.