when we moved into our house it had rock in some areas and mulch in some areas with fabric underneath all around our house. both had a tendency to develop weeds due to soil building up ontop of the frabric and/or mulch breaking down and creating a nice medium for weeds. i converted all rocked areas to mulch a few years ago (that was a pain). we are at a point where the weeds are bad enough that we are pulling everything up and starting over. if we could afford to pour concrete all around the house we would so that we wouldnt have to deal with weeds or maintenance. we dont want rock. is wood mulch with fabric our only other option or is there something else we could put down that would get us closer to maintenance and weed free?