Hi All, We have a couple of acres of land planned for house, vege garden, orchard and food forest. We have a rough layout. We've put in a bunch of trees and a small vege garden. Soil is clay soil. Slope is mild to moderate. Grass is growing like crazy and we have started to kill it near the inner zone and plan to work our way out. We have always just drawn paths. Now we want to make them and I'm wondering whats the best practice to make and maintain them. We've never done anything like this before. Site resources are: Some large gum trees. Lots of limbs fall. I have cut some of them up with my chainsaw and find that the medium size branches make good borders for bed and path borders. Food forest instructor recommended them because of insect population they will support thus increasing diversity). Rocks. We have lots of rocks. Some people have told me that they are not so good for borders because grass will grow up around them and be hard to get rid of (but I'm not sure I see logs as any different in that regard). Clay. Don't have to dig far for this. And since we've been building a house we've got quite a bit exposed. Chipper/mulcher. We're thinking to get a heavy duty petrol powered mulcher. I haven't looked into it in detail, but I'm thinking that it could probably chip smallish limbs. Our idea is: dig out grass and topsoil. Put in some clay and then cover with woodchips. Border with tree limbs. Our idea is to make it with lots of keyholes to the side so we can get at gardens and trees and increase edge. I want to get some kind of animal (rabbit) in a cage to drop on places where things start growing, but this needs more investigation. I'm thinking to make some little drains to run water off down the hill and direct it to nearby structures (trees, garden beds, mini swale, bird/insect drinking station. I'd love to hear the advice of others on some kind of system for making and maintaining paths. cheers, tas PS> I hope this is in the right place. Seems like a kind of garden/growing question, though only obliquely.