Woolly thyme is a very common lawn grass type, and is preferred by many people for decorating and matting their backyard. Different ornamental plants have different requirements relating to sunlight and water, and the same is true for lawn grasses as well. However, for growing this type of creeping herb, different techniques need to be followed, such that its propagation is successfully carried through.
Scientifically termed Thymus pseudolanuginosus, this perennial herb produces small, green-colored, compact leaves which grow densely on the ground. Being a sun-loving herb, it grows excellently in summer and bears small pink-colored flowers which turn lavender during the winter. The maximum height it achieves is 5 inches, and it spreads about 1 to 3 feet around as it is essentially a creeping herb.
For growing this plant, you need to prepare the soil first. It does not require much attention and maintenance if planted properly. There are three ways of propagating this herb.
Dig out some root clumps of an already existing lawn with the help of a garden shovel. Dig up the soil (up to 4 inches deep) of the spot where you want to grow them. However, do not place the entire root clumps in the soil. Instead, separate root plugs of 2 inches each and then plant them. Immediately cover them with soil, water them, and wait for a few days.
Another way of propagating the same is by using stem cuttings. Grow these indoors in pots with the aid of plant hormones, and then plant the resultant root tips in the soil.
Another effective method is through sowing of seeds that have been purchased from a nursery. However, finding these seeds is tough, and hence the above mentioned methods are better options.
Woolly thyme is basically a summer plant and thus loves sunlight. As far as water requirements are concerned, it requires adequate amounts of water. Overflooding it will only result in rotting roots and growth of mold. It cannot tolerate too much moisture either. You need to water the lawn regularly, albeit in adequate amounts. When it comes to pruning this herb, use a lawn mower so that you can maintain evenness in the growth.