What can I use for garden walkways ?

I live in a very windy area. Winds will be 50-55 mph this weekend again, so mulch, newspaper and any other blow away ideas won't help me. Since my garden is about 30 X 40 and I reconfigure the beds every year so that I don't deplete the soil, I am at a loss as to what to try this year. When winter comes I want to have a clean slate to redesign next years garden. I use a heavy duty garden tiller to get it in shape every Spring, so raised beds don't work either as those tillers are heavy. Help . . . please . . .

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  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 28, 2018
    It might be a little labor intensive, but putting border trim around where you want you walkways might help keep your mulch in place

    • Sandy Sandy on Mar 02, 2018
      With open fields around me, those borders would need to be about 5 feet tall to keep mulch in, I have to put guide wires on my tomato cages to keep them from getting blown over. Not that far from you but we are in wind alley. Thanks anyway.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Feb 28, 2018
    Or even stepping stones that aren't set into the ground

  • Linda Linda on Feb 28, 2018
    I have used short pieces of boards left over pieces of work very well. I was lucky to have several pieces left from porch project. Just space about the distance of your steps. They can be moved without mmuch trouble. Then at end of garden season, pick up for next year.

    • Sandy Sandy on Mar 02, 2018
      I had not thought about the pieces of boards. That sounds like something I will try this year. Thank you so much.

  • I use 12" square concrete stepping stones from any home improvement store. They will not blow away, but still easy enough for me to pick up and move when needed.

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    • Ah, yes, that would be a lot of work. I have used brick borders to keep mulch and gravel in place. My yard is not large enough to rework every year and I have a ton of pets. Try benderboard too, it works great and very easily moveable.

  • Mari Detto Mari Detto on Feb 28, 2018
    You could use scrap wood or lumber that could be lifted and moved at the end of the season.

  • Cynthia Nye Cynthia Nye on Mar 02, 2018
    Redwood chips? Won’t blow away and will degrade naturally.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Mar 02, 2018
    I am currently enrolled in a master gardeners class currently, and the soil experts have said ( yesterdays lecture) its bad for soil health “to till“ too much as you are destroying soil structure. Im not sure this consideration pertains to your situation or more massive farming and garden situations.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Mar 02, 2018
    Wow, that is pretty windy. Sorry I wasn't able to help!! Where are you located? We get pretty windy, sometimes, but for the most part we have a good amount of windbreaks around us. I do not envy the fight you have!

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Mar 02, 2018
    I would put down the garden cloth to hold back the weeds and place a crushed gravel on top.