This low maintenance turf alternative requires no mowing, fertilizing, thatching or watering.The almost complete lack of maintenance once the plants are fully rooted makes up for any added cost.Once established, many beautiful thyme varieties and species thrive on neglect, only getting more lush and thick the less care they receive.Thyme is a drought tolerant groundcover with the added bonus of a solid month or two of bloom during the summer, attracting pollinators from miles around.Be patient, as this can take two seasons to completely kill off the top growth, and longer still if you don't get all the roots.To calculate how many plugs you'll need, measure the area you want to plant, multiply length x width.Using this quantity, your thyme lawn will eventually fill in - this can take several seasons, depending on the variety or species. .
A great way to add some interest to your garden, bringing colour and encouraging pollinators is a Thyme lawn.They are an appealing alternative to grass for lawns and are becoming increasingly popular, especially to give a lower maintenance garden or in areas of low use. .
Keep off the grass: Let it bee
The distinct aroma of freshly cut grass, the gentle spray of sprinklers, and the perpetual hum of lawn mowers... all telltale signs that summer, and yardwork, is finally here in Minnesota!Lawns, which may have originated in medieval settlements for livestock grazing, grew into a 17th – 18th century symbol of status that boasted you could own land not used for food production or buildings.Today turf grass lawns are the nation’s largest irrigated “crop” by surface area.Fortunately, there are environmentally friendly alternatives to turf grass, like flowering lawns that can transform your yard.While still being a great area to lounge on, additional benefits of flowering lawns include reduced fertilizing and mowing, a vibrant flowery beauty, and support for pollinators and other animals.Even if we only shift a small fraction of the nation’s most widespread “crop” to flowering lawns, every little bit counts.Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a flower that has a spicy herbal aroma like its culinary cousin.Ground Plum (Astragalus crassicarpus) is a low growing native species common to prairies of Minnesota.While not as bee friendly, low maintenance turf composed primarily of fine fescues, is drought resistant and weed suppressing.
Beautiful lawn alternatives for Bay Area gardens
Consider ground covers or eco-lawn varieties that reduce or eliminate the need for mowing, heavy irrigation, or the use of toxic chemicals that can have ill effects on your client, pets, native wildlife, or others. .
It's About Thyme: Get Rid of that Lawn! — ReWild Long Island
Most importantly, he has always hated his turf grass lawn, and finally replaced it with a beautiful carpet of creeping thyme.I liked its height (2”), the fact that it can tolerate moderate foot traffic, is drought resistant, spreads fast and chokes out weeks and attracts bees and butterflies.After visiting local garden centers, I found creeping thyme at Hicks that was supplied by a company called Jeepers Creepers.I lost a couple of these new plants during a heat wave and I weeded often, but by the end of the year, they had grown quickly and filled in the gaps better than I expected. .
These lawn alternatives are great for the environment, your wallet
What with the world’s exploding population, decline in arable land and endangered soil quality, the idea that the most-grown crop is something that doesn’t feed anyone—even animals—makes less and less sense the more you think about it.And yet Americans especially put an enormous amount of money, resources, time and effort into maintaining lawns.But there are lots of ways to achieve these goals, and it might be time to think outside the lawn in order to be better stewards of the environment and our own, personal resources. .
Thyme lawn and warmer winters
Thyme has long been a groundcover solution in hot and dry soil locations, but seldom seen as a lawn planting in our cold climate.Thyme plants are often damaged when snow and ice lay over them for several winter months, causing patchy emergence in spring, and requiring replacements to fill the holes.The combination of warmer winter temperatures and a hot summer location with steep drainage perhaps has resulted in this lovely thyme planting that has made a consistently thick coverage.With a hardy variety and a hot, dry, well-drained location, maybe it’s time to establish a thriving lawn or broad strip of beautiful thyme. .
The Thyme Lawns Revisted
The Thyme Lawns, which are located at the far end of the moat just outside the Herb Garden, are one of the historically defining and much loved features of Sissinghurst.Thyme also grows in poor shallow soil, for example on screes, in chalk pits, on limestone pavements and in rocks beside footpaths.Our heavy Wealden clay is clearly not their favoured growing medium, and if you add to this the fact that the area is prone to flooding through poor drainage of the moat, then you have some major obstacles to overcome in order to achieve sustained success.It was only 3 years ago that we dug over the area, adding plenty of sharp grit, before replanting with a variety of freshly grown thymes.Whilst it is true that creeping thymes are able to withstand a moderate amount of footfall, this is normally the case when they’re planted in the small gaps between paving, where their soil is somewhat protected from compaction.No one has yet found any photographic record of the Thyme Lawns (and anyway, an old sepia image might not be that useful in this instance), so I started by looking at the collected volume of ‘In Your Garden’ – Vita’s regular column for the Observer.‘I had two small windswept beds … I tried every sort of thing in them, including a mad venture of hollyhocks, which, of course got flattened by the prevailing south west wind … I decided I must have something very low growing … and scrapped the hollyhocks and dibbed in lots and lots of thyme, and now have a sort of lawn which, while it is densely flowering in purple and red, looks like a Persian carpet laid flat on the ground … I do not want to boast, but I cannot help being pleased with it; it is so seldom that one’s experiments in gardening are wholly successfull.’.Troy and I also agreed to take the opportunity to utilise some of the healthiest surviving thyme and transplant it immediately into gaps in between the paving in the Herb Garden.I removed the mortar with a hammer and cold chisel and filled the gaps with a mix of sandy loam and sharp grit.Something else which will help give the Thyme Lawns a fighting chance are the improvements to the drainage of the moat which were made earlier in the year; an acute angle in the pipes was re-laid as a much straighter run – this had previously been the cause of blockages and subsequent flooding. .