Grass has started in my thyme lawn. How do I get rid of it.? Arlene

by Arlene Fitterer
(Evergreen, Co.)

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I began a thyme lawn in Co. about 12 years ago. The last 4 years wild grass has begun to come in. I cannot pull it all (I'm 83). Help.

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May 01, 2017
So sorry!
by: Jacki

Hi Arlene, it's sad when your accomplishments don't fulfill the promise! If possible, stop watering the lawn, because grass needs more moisture than thyme. Thyme can take a lot of drought.

If the grass is seed grown, there's not a lot you can do about that except keep the area of grass closest to the thyme lawn mown so it doesn't set seed.

If it's growing into the edges of the thyme by stolons, that makes it more difficult to handle. Hand pulling is pretty much the only way to get rid of it, and it's an ongoing chore.

Depending on the type of grass, sometimes you can kill off one plant at a time by depriving it of light - stick a nursery pot upside down over it, and it will die off when it doesn't get enough light - this can take several seasons, and it looks very funny with the pots dotting the lawn.

I don't recommend using herbicides on thyme, because for one thing they haven't been tested on it, so there's no guarantee that you won't harm it as well as the weed, and well, who needs to be responsible for more poison in the world?

I feel your pain, Arlene, and wish you all the best with it.

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