Do you have to remove grass before landscaping? Thanks for commenting!--Jill. Phlox stolonifera is a wonderful weed suppressor for shady spots. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on January 11, 2018: Red creeping thyme will grow out of the bed, but . Question: Why did my creeping thyme seeds not germinate? https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/. The angle is difficult for us as we are 65 years old. I was wondering if you might be interested in using a ground cover like red or white clover? STEP 3: Remove the dead Creeping Charlie by hand. If the plant spreads by underground stems or by rooting along stems that touch the soil, you may be able to control it by trimming the planting's edges with pruning or hedge shears or with a rotary mower. Generally, creeping thyme takes one year to get established, and then begins to spread in its second season. Hope you give dragon's blood a try. At first I didn't like it because nutbsedge kept growing through it, but as it's become more established, it's suppressed the nutsedge and is now a lovely green/gold carpet that keeps its color in winter, turning a bit red when it's really cold. One of the perennial ground covers below could be the perfect solution to your problem. It forms a dense carpet about four inches high, has dark green leaves, and is almost evergreen. So a large Rectangle shape running north to south. 10x3' is about the size of it, and is surrounded by concrete. What is the function of choke coil or ballast? Without seeing the area, I'm not sure what to say except perhaps two things. Use it to ring a pond, trail along a wall, or edge a walkway. Jill likes cooking, writing, painting, & stewardship, and studies gardening through MD Master Gardener & Master Naturalist programs. Sometimes in arid climates, you’ll see them planted along highways. You may want to ask your local extension agent. Water drips from it sort of like it does from an umbrella. prefers part shade but will grow in full sun, in some conditions, it will bloom spring through fall, needle-like evergreen leaves form a dense mat to suppress weeds, fairly quick growing; heat-tolerant and deer-resistant; grows like a tightly-knit mat, hardiest and most versatile; thrives in poor soil. Do any of the others have that quality? Excellent for sunny or shady spots on a slope. Here's an article about them from Mother Earth News: https://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/... Hi, enjoyed the article !! Spearmint, lemon balm, and other garden mints are perfect. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 06, 2017: Karen, that depends on many factors, including what the area is like, what you're sowing and when you're sowing it. I know grass has a thick root system that makes it hard for our desirable plants to get water and nutrients. Red creeping thyme grows close to the ground, creating a mat that leaves no room for weeds. Thanks for sharing. And do you know the type of weeds that are growing there now? Now: any additional suggestions besides Dragon's Blood for poor soil in dry, sunny spots? I need weed control, and hopefully something about 8-inches tall or so. Red creeping thyme adds attractive, deep green color to your landscape throughout spring, but it's most beautiful in summer when it erupts in gorgeous crimson flowers. It is an area about 140 feet long and about 55 feet wide from the back of the house to the back property line. I’m looking for fast spreading groundcover that will grow effectively around the edge of a pond and choke out all weeds up to waters edge. How do I keep my ground cover from spreading? Answer: Phlox borealis (Arctic Phlox) might be a good choice. 'John Creech,' is a smaller, slower growing cultivar that produces pretty pink blossoms in fall. . If you're trying to keep down weeds in a vegetable garden, you may want to try plastic sheeting or some other type of mulch. Full/Partial sun. Even so, you'll probably find that one of the ground covers you plant becomes dominate. If i don't mow, the frog fruit looks great but weeds take over. You know, you were the first hubber to befriend me here. https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/#. Also, roses are prone to mildew, so good ventilation is a must for keeping them healthy. (Major drought last year - ceaseless rain now). Question: How do I find my planting hardiness zone? Also, given the enormity of my thistles would I need to dig them up prior to planting a ground cover? Like creeping Jenny, dragon's blood sedum has trailing stems that root easily, so it's a snap to propagate. I have a north facing slope that curves around to the east. I hope i won't be doing much watering after the first year. Thank you for the great information. At just two inches tall, mazus is the perfect ground cover to plant between stepping stones and along walls. Where do you live, when did you sow, what process did you use, and how did you care for the seeds after sowing? Answer: Gardeners do use ground covers like a mulch, to hold moisture and prevent erosion. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 16, 2011: Thanks for the positive feedback, Miss Mellie. USDA Zone? Question: Will low-maintenance ground covers choke out other flowers if planted in a flower bed? Wow! I want to be able to cover the weed area with some ground cover that won't harm my plants. It is partial shade or mostly shaded area. The pictures were great! The problem might be compaction. I have young baby, so don't want high maintenance, and currently have a lot of wasps living in the front bushes as well... Is there something you would recommend to plant here? Thank you so much! Ajuga is tenacious spreading by means of runners, or ground-level stems that root and form new plants and chokes out weeds along the way. What would be a fast growing , yet easy to pull out ground cover in south Australia , full sun , preferably less watering during summer. Answer: It's 9a, 10a, or 10b, depending on your zip code. The less space between leaves, the slower your thyme will spread. If not restricted, many ground covers will advance beyond the area you've allotted for them. Although they're relatively care-free once they're established, they need daily watering until they are established. Likewise, will creeping thyme overtake grass? It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. Yes No. Any ideas on how to get the sedum to thicken up in order to choke out the weeds? I’d rather replace my front lawn with ground over that dogs won’t want to walk on. HamiltonRich and Debbie Riolo replaced the grass in the yard of their Sunset Drive NW home with ground cover and perennials. We desperately need to put down a covering this year as the work to cut down the overgrowth of weeds is to difficult for us. Struggling to grow grass in dry shade? Happy you stopped by, MysteryPlanet, and good luck with your gardening project. Best to you! Phlox subulata cultivars come in a variety of flower colors, including white, blue, red, and pink. It is sometimes flooded by the pond but only for a few hours at a time, sometimes very wet but can be very dry in late summer. Do you feel either the dragon's blood sedum or the Red Thyme wood work in fighting Leafy Spurge in sandy / dry soils (Saskatchewan near Saskatoon, Canada)? Its long, trailing stems have round chartreuse leaves and yellow flowers. Creeping thyme is a 2- to 3-inch tall aromatic creeper that may spread several feet across. Voted up. In eight years I've only had to weed my thyme patch once to root out a single dandelion. Answer: I don’t know. Very helpful article. I don’t want to mess with either of those natural habitats. We grew our thyme from seed, but you can also purchase organic plug trays for quicker results. Every type mentioned here is flowering, although mazus and phlox have the showiest blooms. We grew our thyme from seed, but you can also purchase organic plug trays for quicker results. Hi Jill love your article as we are removing most of our backyard lawn in favor of drought tolerant ground cover ( don't know what kind yet, may be 2 or 3 in waves ). Press Photo/T.J. Depending on your soil and situation, any of these ground covers could be used to replace a lawn. Lawn & Garden; The Best Low-Maintenance Ground Covers for Your Garden Whether you do it yourself or you pay a landscaper, maintaining a vibrant garden and lush lawn requires time, effort, and money. I'm glad the article was helpful and wish you much success as you experiment. Looks like you're in Zone 7a. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on August 20, 2016: Hi Melissa! Jill Spencer (author) from United States on June 29, 2019: Before you select any plants, make sure they are right for your growing zone.You might try creeping raspberry, Rubus rolfei, which is a ground cover that does well in areas where moisture fluctuates. There's a new dragon's blood sedum called Sedum spurium "Fulda Glow" (Fuldaglut ) you might want to try in your Zone 3 garden. It can withstand light foot traffic. Needs to be deer/rabbit resistant. The area is approx 40’ x 15’. It is too steep to mow effectively. A thyme lawn made from the soft yet tough species and varieties of creeping thyme might just be the most wonderful thing to ever happen to your garden. We want something that is nearly no maintenance (it is a large pong) and will keep out the weeds. You shouldn't need to water it after it's established. I want to avoid landscape fabric because it doesn't work well from my experience. In spring, it produces bright green leaves that turn maroon as temperatures drop. . Creeping Jenny covers large areas quickly, putting out roots all along its stems and choking out weeds. Hope it works for you! Each grows thickly, choking out weeds as it spreads. Most of the thyme is dead. Golden creeping Jenny has yellow flowers, mazus and creeping phlox have lavender flowers, phlox stolonifera's are white or pink, phlox subulata's are white, blue, red, or pink, and both creeping thyme and dragon's blood are red. The downside of planting thyme as lawn replacement is the cost. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 28, 2012: Hope the dragon's blood does well for you, quester. Hi. ‘Wooly Thyme' has some scent but is popular more … Jill Spencer (author) from United States on July 02, 2013: Thanks, Patricia. Landscapers always want to use PREEN and Roundup--I won't let them jeopardize the oak, but I was wondering if ground cover will take too many nutrients and water? I have never seen it before. Thanks for stopping by! Disparately seeking help! - going to try the dragon's blood - since we use an herbal med by the same name - works wonders so I see if the plant will work wonders for a poor area - thanks. The soil is more on the sandy side. It looked nice at first but now weeds have taken over and the yard looks awful. Not only does it grow in full sun as well as partial shade, but it also thrives in poor soil. Thanks for the encouragement then and now. I have a pond with a small island in my backyard. I also find that if I plant among it, the disturbed area looks good within a day or two. Low maintenance, sandy soil. I killed my St. Augustine grass several years ago and last year planted frog fruit. :). GREAT article! Golden creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia) is a rugged ground cover hardy in zones 3-9. Question: I am in Zone 10 (Southern California). I'm looking for something that would completely take over a bed, and so far the creeping thyme sounds like a great match. SOMETHING has to fill in the dirt before the weeds come back. If it helps you help me, I am trying to focus on various shades of pink and purple at this location. Does Hermione die in Harry Potter and the cursed child? Plant it around stepping stones; it gives off a delightful scent when stepped on. H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons, CC SA-BY 3.0. If i keep it mowed, the frog fruit doesn't bloom and looks awful. Do you have any recommendations? Use a scythe as a trimming device if you are worried about buggin the bees. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 24, 2017: Hi Jill Such helpful information...I am looking for ground cover and it looks like I came the right spot. Own Herby, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Walking on it will cause little bursts of thyme scent to accompany every step. Creeping Thyme for Landscaping Using creeping thyme as groundcover chokes the life out of invasive weeds, keeping your flowerbeds free from weed growth. The thyme really can stand up to foot traffic. My problem is that it seems to be cultivating more weeds because the sedum doesn't seem to grow really thick. Question: Can you mix different ground covers together? Mazus works best in shade, but some cultivars of creeping phlox will also work. They're easy to naturalize, so they'll spread on their own. Creeping thyme ground cover is only 2 - 4 inches high, and it spreads and flowers for most of the summer. Question: Where can I purchase ground cover seeds? Great choices! How fast are we talking about? When flowering, it can reach up to 12 inches high. The dripline is the area below the outer circumference of the tree branches. Jill Spencer (author) from United States on May 17, 2011: Sounds like we have some of the same issues! It can be used in container gardens where it will eventually spill over the edges of the container. It really, really chokes out the weeds, forming a thick mat. I find that ice plants "travel" on me too. None of them have thorns, so they shouldn't hurt your bare feet. I have some Elfin Thyme that I love. I love the creeping thyme. Secondly, what is the best low maintenance ground cover? It is very steep and mostly sunny. Thyme in time will get so thick that it completely shades out the weeds, so eventually there are none. . Dragon's blood sedum may be the hardiest and most versatile of all weed-suppressing ground covers. All the best, Jill. What can I use instead of grass in my backyard? I noticed creeping Jenny is listed on my local native plant society. But maybe not through the others?? Flowers would be nice but not essential. The 'home fires' variety is a fragrant cultivar with hot pink blooms. I do not care it it is flowering or not. Groundcovers. I have a large sectioned area that I planted 2 types of sedum in several years ago. What covering should I use? I'm definitely going to try the dragon's blood sedum. Red creeping thyme would work where you are, and so would ice, although it allows a few weeds to peek through, but it spreads like a dream. I have a spot with limited sun and in need of ground cover so the dirt will not wash away on a slight slop on the East side of my yard. I have been trying to choose some groundcovers for 3 areas - and I have been studying the ones you listed. In the summer the slope is covered in weeds. Creeping thyme has many uses, but it’s the best choice for groundcover for your flowerbeds. . The creeping lemon thyme that my friend was growing, sported the same pink flowers as creeping caraway thyme and creeping spicy orange thyme. 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