I love the idea of a Chamomile Lawn. How easy is it to create one?
For those people who think it would be an easier option than constantly mowing the grass, I am afraid that I have some bad news! A sweetly scented, chamomile lawn is a real delight – but it can be quite hard work! We would suggest trying a small patch in your garden first, just to make sure conditions are suitable. Firstly, ensure that the area is completely weed free. Unwanted plants emerging through your chamomile carpet are rather difficult to remove. The best time to plant is in late Spring when the chamomile is growing at a fast rate. The rapid, prostrate growth will help to suppress any weed seedlings below. Keep well watered during warm, dry weather. The lawn will spread by sending out fresh runners. Eventually, you may find that the centre of the original plant dies off, leaving a hole in the sward. Simply remove the affected area, add some garden compost in the gap and re-plant with a fresh, rooted runner from a thick part of the lawn.
A chamomile lawn can be sown directly into the soil with seed of Roman Chamomile but this method, although cheaper initially, is really not practical. This form of chamomile will grow quite tall before flowering and would require constant rolling with a heavy, old-fashioned roller to suppress growth. Not only is this rather hard work, it would also eventually compact the soil, spoil the drainage and encourage moss instead of chamomile! The best varieties to use are the non-flowering clone ‘Treneague’ or even Double Flowered Chamomile both of which are very prostrate although the spent flower stems of the latter would have to be removed to allow for fresh foliage growth. Although neither of these varieties can be grown from seed, we can supply small plug plants to order to get you started which can be planted about 5” apart or you can visit the nursery and purchase fully grown plants which can be set about 6-7” apart.
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