I LOVE to let my chickens free-range and get much entertainment by watching them scratch. However, I'd like them to *NOT* scratch an area of a few hundred square feet around the front walks, as they throw mulch everywhere and expose/damage my newly-planted bedding flowers. Fencing off the front isn't really an attractive option--want the place to look inviting and all. The only thing I can think of is to lay chicken wire ON the planting beds themselves, but that's a lot of wire and a lot of work for annual beds. Does anyone have any other ideas?