gravel bed/border ... replace with bark?
i have a gravel border running right around the whole lawn, separated by edging. this gravel is about an inch or so thick, has landscape fabric underneath and is about 50cm wide.
the fabric in a lot of places is coming up, ripped, is not stopping weeds coming through and just looks a bit messy.
thankfully, nothing is planted within the gravel border ... but i do intend to plant all around it. for this reason, im wondering whether i should remove the gravel, remove the fabric, improve the soil (i have heavy clay, very acidic), cover with a good 3 inches or so of bark, then get planting?
i know im going to have a job and a half convincing wife about the bark, she hates it and loves pebbles, slate chips etc etc but from my little understanding these are both expensive to buy compared to bark, and also offer no nutritional value to the soil (and if anything, provides a NEGATIVE effect on the soil) ??