Mulch paths - novice questions
More questions from a dreaded novice...
I want to make several mulch paths in my yard. Now, what do I do with all the dirt and grass that I dig out? Is that just too dumb a question? I have no idea what to do with it.
And...I read over and over about how landscaping fabric is evil. SO - do i really not need to put anything down under the mulch? Really? When I put the mulch down is there some kind of, uh, stamping (for lack of a better word) process to make it all thick and heavy? My paths will get a lot of traffic from 2 large dogs and my 3 year old.
My friend put cut up moving boxes under hers and I thought that was a good idea. Was it? She just did it so we don't know if this was really clever or really moronic...she's prepared for either result, preferring the former, of course.
And the last question: how on earth do you get the edges of the paths to be so perfect? I walk through my neighborhood and so many people have these lovely beds and/or paths and the edges are just so perfect. I feel like when I start digging I'm just going to be all over the place. I will mark the projected area, of course, but how to get such nice, clean edges?
Thanks so much!