Elfin Thyme Ground Cover Lawn Replacement Kit
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- SHIPSBeginning mid-April, after your last frost date
- ZONEPerennial zones 4-11
- INCLUDES512 small plants, each 3/4" diameter
- Botanical NameThymus serpyllum
Elfin Thyme is a slow growing ground cover, with miniature leaves and a very dense growth habit. Once established, these attributes make it ideal for containing weeds, maintaining moisture, and being drought tolerant and hardy to foot traffic. However it does take longer to get started, and planting your babies closer together is recommended - 4" apart (or even closer!) is preferable. Make sure to water regularly and avoid walking on your new lawn for 12 weeks after planting, but once it is established it will be very drought tolerant and can withstand moderate foot traffic. A low height and dense growth means this Elfin Thyme creates a neat carpet that looks beautiful en masse.
Includes 512 young plant starts, each plant is about 3/4" in diameter and 1" deep. The plant height is usually about 1/2." Because with this volume of young plants sometimes there are some empty cells or plants that are damaged in transit, we only charge for 500 plants to account for the possibility that some of the plants may be duds. When planning your lawn, count on 500 plants to play it safe!
- SUN Full sun
- SPACING4-12" between plants (4" spacing covers 57 sqft, 12" spacing covers 512 sqft)
- CLIMATECold hardy and heat tolerant
- DEERDeer resistant
- WATERDrought Tolerant
- INDOOR+POTSGrown as a ground cover and lawn replacement outside
How to Plant
Remove existing weeds, grass, and plants in your new planting area (this can be done by smothering the area or turning it over). Now tuck your plant in so the base of the stem is even with the top of the hole, and give the soft ground around the base of your small plant a few solid pats to compress the soil onto the roots, and a long, gentle drink of water.
Where to Plant
Find a place that gets mostly shade, in well draining soil.
When to Plant
Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon. Plant outside after your average last frost in the spring, or in the fall.
When to Expect Blooms
We're here for the foliage. Tiny blooms during high summer attract pollinators.
Water regularly during the first season, and avoid foot traffic for the first 12 weeks or so to give the plants a chance to get established. Weed in the spring to make sure the weeds aren't competing with the Thyme. Once your Thyme lawn is established, it does not need additional water, herbicides, fertilizer, water, or mowing.
Elfin Thyme can be divided once it starts to thrive, to encourage it to cover an even greater area. Because Elfin Thyme has such a dense growth habit, it naturally suppresses weeds, and helps to preserve soil moisture.