(Getty museum) Decomposted Granite is the "dirt" path we are thinking of! this website has lots of example pics and info on how to- http://thehumanfootprint.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/dg-patios-decomposed-granite/
Creating a Decomposed Granite Path. So much cheaper than concrete. ~C
Decomposed Granite. Great color options, and a very inexpensive option, easy-to-do and easy to maintain.
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Decomposed Granite After it’s mechanically compacted, heavyweight DG doesn’t become airborne or dusty; it’s often mixed with a stabilizing agent that keeps it in place.