I recently planted my backyard in creeping thyme. We tilled up the grass, applied mulch, and planted the thyme seedlings about 10 inches apart. Now I have the grass/weeds growing in faster than the thyme. I have applied Roundup to some of the weeds but I really don't like to use it and I am afraid of killing my plants. Is there something I can use now? I know that pulling the weeds is the best way, but this is a large area to cover inches apart.
Here is an article on 'Killing Weeds Without Harming Nearby Plants' that will help alleviate your concerns of killing your other plants by giving you different methods of applying Roundup:
If you would like to explore more organic methods of weed control, here is an article that will interest you:
What type of fertilizer to use for creeping thyme? We know that there is a special fertilizer to use on creeping thyme, but we don't remember what it is.
Fertilizing thyme is actually discouraged as they tend to become leggy and weak. For more information, please visit the following link:
Can you mix creeping thyme into your existing lawn (bald spots), along borders, in front of or around hydrangea or other shrubs?
Absolutely. This will tell you more about using creeping thyme;
invasive thyme has taken over the yard of my friend. What can we do?
Other than removing by hand, the best way to remove invasive thyme is using herbicides. Choose a broadleaf herbicide, since these will kill the thyme but not the grass. See this article to learn about what is available:
Organic alternatives are discussed in this article:
Some other strategies for removing invasive plants are discussed here:
Thyme is in the mint family, so the advice should apply to it as well.
Will creeping thyme smother perennial plants if they are planted around them or will the perennial plants come up through the thyme?
You should not have any issue with Creeping Thyme overtaking your perennials.
I just purchased creeping thyme seeds to put in a pathway that has Bermuda grass. I am planning to dig out as much of the Bermuda as possible, put a fabric weed cloth down and add about 4 to 5 inches of soil, place my bricks down and plant my seeds between the bricks. Will the weed cloth work or will it disrupt the creeping thymes growth? The cloth is just an idea in hopes to keep the Bermuda at bay. Thank you, Lynda
I would personally not use the landscape barrier under your Creeping Thyme planting.
The purpose of the planting is to suppress and hold back weeds.
That said, if you do want to use the cloth, you should give the plants at least 8 to 10 inches of top soil.
I planted 1,000 seeds and my front yard has plants growing all over. I know some of them are weeds but I'm not sure what the thyme looks like. Do you have any images in various stages?
Here are some links that will help you.