Evening everyone! When I purchased my home a couple years ago they had just made this nice concrete patio and put some mulch around the side. It looked beautiful for a short while. After a while alot of the mulch went away, you could see the rocks underneath, grass grew into the mulch, etc, etc. There is also a severe problem with rain runoff on one side washing away the mulch and some of the dirt. The first thing I tried to do was put some stone edging around the edge. This keeps the grass out, but when I put new mulch down it piles up at the bottom. The second thing I tried was to make a nice walkway where the worst rain runoff area is. To do this I put down a retaining border, filled it with some sand, and put down red stone. All the sand washed away and now the stone moves around and looks terrible. What I'm looking for are ideas to fix up this area that I can do myself for less than $1000. My big idea right now is to take the whole 10 foot slanted side, make it smooth and flat with dirt. Next put some kind of a weed tarp over it to keep the rain from washing the dirt away. Finally paving the whole side with small paving blocks, you know the little 5 inch stones from Lowes that lock together. Does anyone like that idea? Pictures below and thanks!