I am going to put in a path in a couple of areas in my yard. One is going in an almost level area and needs to be utilitarian because I will need to manuever a wheelbarrow over it. I have been looking at small pavers because they would be lightweight for me to install and could be easily swept/blown in the fall when the leaves drop. I'm estimating about $1100 in materials after pricing at Lowes. I've seen gravel/small rock paths in books and magazines. What is involved with installing these? What size gravel/rock do you use? Will it compact enough to rake/sweep/blow leaves? I've read where some folks use wood chips. Again, I'm concerned about being able to use a rake/broom/blower. I also have another area with an incline that drops about 2 ft over a 17 ft run. This area will get mainly foot traffic. Would a gravel path work on a slope. My other thought was a stone path but I was concerned about weight,cost, and tripping hazard. I've also found a source of flyash from a coal fired power plant, but I'm a bit concerned about possible pollutants in it. I wouldn't want it close to veggies, but other areas might be an option. I'm wanting to do the work myself and am a 45 yr old woman. Size/weight of materials are an issue. Any suggestions are appreciated.