When Linda started her Linda’s Serenity Garden the backyard was all grass. She built flower beds over several years until the only grass left was in the walkway paths between the beds. We mowed these until our lawn mower broke. It just did not seem worth the money to buy a new mower with so very little to mow. We decided to replace the walkways with cedar wood chips and it was very easy to do.
First step is to kill off the grass. You can use cardboard and cover the area you want to put the chips in with it. Put heavy rocks, bricks, what ever you have on the cardboard to keep it from blowing away. After the grass has been deprived of sunlight by the cardboard for a couple of weeks it will die. We had 5 trees chopped up and had all the rough chippings from them. These included the evergreen needles and did not look very good as a walking path. I spread these over the walkways about 4 inches deep. After about 3 weeks the grass under them was dead and it was time to put in something better.
Second step is to get some good wood chips delivered, I used cedar chips. Buy in bulk, if you have a pick up truck, like I do, you can pick them up and bring them home yourself and save a lot of money. It is very expensive to use the bags of chips from the garden center.
Third Step get your wheelbarrow, a shovel and a rake together. I like to use a flat blade shovel with a long handle for jobs like this. Just seems easier to use to me. I use a metal rack to spread the chips out once I have shoveled them where I want them.
Forth Step, you have them spread out and leveled with the rake, now just stand back and enjoy the beauty of your work!