Create an inexpensive and quick installation product to cover mud paths. Use a product that lets water drain while providing a stable walking surface. Look for local materials and save on purchase and shipping costs. Find options you can install and you'll see a bigger savings. Make sure the prep work is complete before the cover materials are delivered.
Lay a gravel path over the mud. Create borders with landscape edging or landscape timbers. Gravel stones will interlock over time, creating a stable walking surface that stays in its parameter quite well. The gravel lets water drain away from the top stone and provides a nice textural appearance to pathways and driveways.
Wood chips help prevent unwanted grass and weeds from growing. Choose various types of wood chips for their scent as well as appearance. Cedar gives a fragrance to walking paths that's released with each footstep. Wood chips will break down over time and need to be replenished. Expect this process to be faster when first installed as the initial wood chips absorb the water from the mud. Continue to add wood chips as the pathway settles.
Rubber chips often replace wood chips and are an environmentally friendly alternative. Rubber chips are typically recycled tires and other materials. They don't break down in the weather as quickly as wood chips and they provide a softer pathway than gravel and wood chip.
Create a walking path through muddy areas with stepping stones. Stepping stones are available at most big box stores and garden centres. Craft and hobby stores also have kits to make your own stepping stones. Begin at the front of the path and simply drop a stepping stone into place. Wiggle it around to seat it firmly, tapping it with a rubber mallet to make it level. Place another stepping stone a few inches in front of the first. Continue until a stable walking path has been created.