Creeping Thyme
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Seeding a ground cover lawn

Zone 91763 | Anonymous added on May 23, 2019 | Answered

You have great info on planting ground cover, but I'd like info on seeding it. I'm considering seeding a substitute lawn of THYMUS PRAECOX RED CREEPING THYME. -Is seeding as successful as planting? -How do I calculate how much seed for a 1K sf area? -Do I mix in a soil amendment first? -If so, which is preferable? -How much seed per square foot? -What do I put on top of seed? -Do birds and squirrels dig up the seeds? -Time is not an issue, cost is, but how long should it take to manifest?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on May 24, 2019

There are downsides to putting in a thyme lawn. It can be expensive. When you are planting plugs of thyme 6 to 12 inches apart, you can burn up a lot of cash fast. Most sources recommend planting smaller areas. If you have a large yard you might want to consider planting only part of it in thyme to start. You can always go back and expand your thyme planting another season.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lawn-substitutes/creeping-thyme-lawn/growing-creeping-thyme-lawns.htm

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