The lower path 8/8/10
(just look at that path)
I may be a bit slow on the uptake but I discovered this year - when I went to buy some - that sodium chlorate has been withdrawn fom sale under an EU directive.
OK it's got its downside: It's a pretty poisonous substance. As a white crystal it doesn't look too different from sugar! Mixed with sugar it makes a highly flamable material, lethal if packed into a drainpipe or beer keg. One can't help wondering whether this aspect, rather than the toxicity, is the reason for the eurocrats getting together and banning it. The story put about is that run off can cause the material to travel through the soil. I don't like poisons, but they have their place - on paths.
I bought a proprietary glyposate cocktail alternative grudgingly and applied it (twice) to the cinder path alonside my plot. Result: grass that would grace a golf course. And now the growing season is over the glyphosate option is gone (only apply during growth), so what options have I got this winter. A flame thrower?