But in most areas, especially where the soil is sandy, you'll need to create a base of tamped-down stone pack, which is a mix of Â¾-inch stones and stone dust. A lining of landscape fabric over the base will keep weeds from growing up through the path. The gravel, being so movable, needs an edge to contain it.
Although many references suggest excavating 6 to 8 inches for a gravel path and layering crushed rock, sand, and then gravel, most designers don't use this method. They say the smaller pieces inevitably work their way up, spoiling the clean look of the gravel. Landscape fabric also tends to show up at the surface.
The pros and cons of landscape fabrics/permeable membranes.. of bark or gravel areas around the home, but they have limited use beneath paths, drives and .
But I've also put the gravel down with no weed fabric and I don't really. . On a very long path in my garden I didn't use any weed barrier but about 8" of mulch.. I learned in my 30 plus years of landscaping, maintance and .