Hi Guys n Gals! Curious what your thoughts would be on this. We are in the process of turning a new carport into a barn, so we have a big project ahead as we'll start working on getting the ends enclosed and fixing inside to make it ready to use. When we had gravel delivered for the carport, the truck got stuck in the soft ground so he dropped it as close to our building site as possible. That area turned to dirt, also became a lounging area for the goats, and now after 2 days of rain it is a muddy mess. This area will eventually be the back entryway for the girls to come/go from the barn. Low area and drainage issues as well which is frustrating, but that's just how the land is... I'm planning on burying some drain pipe to help with standing water issues, but trying to figure out the best way to build this area up? I would love to just put gravel in the entire area! But no way I can do that right now as I'm sure I'd be looking at $1,000 all said and done just on gravel. I was thinking maybe I should get wood chips instead? I think they'd be more affordable, and I've debated doing this in another area over the years, but wondered how the breakdown would be? Pros and cons? Here's some pics to show the area. Right now the temporary gate is over there on the right side of the pic, so yeah, it's going to definitely be a horrible mess if I don't do something ASAP with lots of rain chances next week. We are at the bottom of a hill, and you can kind of tell there is a slight incline on the left side of this 2nd pic. Those stumps in the background are along the creek bank which is higher than the grassy area (the creek goes off along that crazy bent tree in the top/middle). So it kind of creates a great point for standing water. Again getting ready to work on drainage but needed some rain so I could figure out the worst areas.