I'm new to this forum and have already read a few threads regarding drainage pathways at the side of a house. My situation is that the neighbour has already done his side and laid 6x6 posts along his property and filled the whole walkway with riverstone. Consequently, when my eavestrough drains into that area, it stops right at the side of his 6x6 posts that run the complete length of the walkway. My side of this narrow path is sloped into the center and I need to put something down where there is currently grass to make the walkway level and also let the water drain so that it's not always so muddy. The area of grass right next to the house has died and I was thinking of making a garden that would run in between the window wells (Karl Forester Grasses?) as it's very dry and shady there. My idea is to lay down pea stone and then 2x1 stepping stones but after reading some threads here, it sounds like the stone idea is probably not realistic and that perhaps I should have a sand base? or perhaps big O (drainage pipe) under some gravel? Also, not sure what to use to hold back the soil on the raised edge nearest the house where the garden would be. I don't really want to invest in 6x6 posts like the neighbour, plus it takes up a lot of room as the entire area for the walkway is only 3 feet (from the edge of the window well to the posts) I would like this as simple as possible. Any suggestions?