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Brian Drwecki
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Hi all,

I just sheet mulched my whole front yard. Cardboard, Hay, composted manure, straw. I bought some wooly thyme seeds to cover 5000 square feet. My front yard is 1000 ft. I just put in a 4 sprinkler irrigation system (above ground hoses). But I don't know what to do next? I know I need to spread seed and water, but I don't really know how! I eventually plan to grow a whole permaculture garden with things to eat but I want to get the ground cover done first to get the neighbors off my but. I live in Denver and appreciate your help.
 
alex Keenan
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Most of the time in my area I see woolly thyme grown between pavers.
I have seen large areas done in this way that are very attractive and can handle a fair amount of foot traffic.
 
Brian Drwecki
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i got the idea here http://www.planetnatural.com/thyme-lawn/#comment-975322

Also a google image search shows full woolly thyme lawns, so it's possible.

I bought the seeds so i will give it a shot, but I want to have the best chance of doing it. So I have seeds, I have sheet mulched lawn, any advice for how to attempt to grow a woolly thyme lawn?

https://www.google.com/search?q=woolly+thyme+lawn&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjZwb2-oN3MAhVC_4MKHQN3C-wQ_AUICCgC&biw=414&bih=628#imgrc=tapZC-y_MmEzfM%3A
 
Ken W Wilson
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I've never grown wooly thyme. I don't see how you can grow anything with small seed on sheet mulch. Maybe dig through it every few feet and pull it away from the hole? Just let it creep from there.

If it's not too late in the year where you live, you could plant melons. You could still plants some cucumbers here.

If the mulch is thick, you could grow vines and vegetables next year while it's breaking down enough for the thyme.

I hope this doesn't seem too negative. I know it's not what you had in mind. I could be wrong. I have never grown it. I like the idea of a thyme yard. I'm starting to turn a side yard into all herbs and ground covers.  So far I've got Musk strawberries, two kinds of mint, and tiger lilies. I've got a lingonberry, but it's not doing good. I may try some thyme.
 
Linda Vanderbaan
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The only problem with woolly thyme is that it flowers and bees like flowers. I did the woolly thyme "lawn" between my blueberry plants, got bitten by a bee - silly me, bare feet and flowering thyme! Grass did take over as woolly thyme is quite slow growing.

Hope it went well for you! My woolly thyme has been replaced with wood chips.

Linda
 
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