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Creeping Thyme as grass alternative

I tried to sow Creeping Thyme as grass alternative last August. I dug few inches off the existing clay soil, I added chicken manure and one layer of compost, 10-15cm of westland nutrient rich top soil, then seeds mixed with sand all around the garden but it wouldn't germinate (weeds are doing great though...!). I have a few questions now: What shall I do to stop weeds from spreading (I was thinking to throw granular weed killer once a month)? Anything you would advice to do, before I try again next spring? madster, Clongriffin, Co Dublin Posted: 10/10/2017

There is no true replacement for grass as a lawn plant. Thyme you could regard as a ground cover alternative.

Creeping thyme is native plant of sand dunes and some rocky places. The soil mix you created is far too rich.

The best advice would be to sow grass, as thyme will at best make a patchy cover with plenty of hand-weeding. It does not tolerate wear.

But if you want to try again, sow the thyme seeds and raise the plants in cell trays next spring and plant out in autumn. You will need about 15 or 20 plants per square metre.

Control weeds in the meantime by spraying Roundup, realising that this will kill all greenery.  

 

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