How to Plant a Chamomile Lawn

Overview

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) is a perennial growing herb that makes for a glamorous alternative to a traditional grass lawn. It produces small 1/2 to 1 inch wide white flowers throughout its growing season. Chamomile is both a low-maintenance and hardy lawn substitute, but it releases a delightful scent when walked across. Plant your chamomile lawn in early spring.

Step 1

Eliminate all weeds, roots, sticks, clods or any other objects that can interfere with the growth of the chamomile lawn. Use a garden hoe, and prepare the planting area two to three weeks in advance. The planting site should be in full sun for best growth.

Step 2

Spread out a 1-inch layer of compost, aged manure or other organic material if the planting site does not drain well. Work the amendment into the soil down to a depth of 4 to 6 inches.

Step 3

Spread out a lawn-type, slow-release fertilizer, such as 29-0-5 or 27-4-6 at the rate of 1 1/4 oz. for every 3 square feet of planting area. Rake the fertilizer into the top 1 to 2 inches of the soil.

Step 4

Smooth and level out the entire planting area using a metal garden rake.

Step 5

Broadcast the chamomile seeds at the rate of 1/4 oz. for every 500 square feet, if planting the chamomile lawn from seed. Press the chamomile seeds gently into the surface of the soil using a board, your feet or any object with a flat surface. Mist the surface of the planting area as often as needed to keep the top 1-inch layer moist, but not soggy wet.

Step 6

Dig planting holes that are the same size and depth if planting the chamomile lawn from plugs, planting packs or planting pots. Dig each hole between 4 and 6 inches apart. Remove a chamomile seedling from its planting container. Set it into one of the previously created planting holes. Scoop in soil in and around the seedling gently firming it down as you go. Keep the chamomile seedlings well watered for the first four to six weeks after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hoe
  • Weed killer
  • Spade
  • Compost or aged manure
  • Slow release fertilizer
  • Rake
  • Chamomile seeds or plants
  • Trowel

References

  • Royal Horticultural Society: Chamomile Lawns
  • Richters.com: Ground Cover Herbs from Seed
  • The Essential Herb Garden: Chamomile Lawns
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.