HAVE a chamomile lawn with mosaic pavers in it, each one made by
a member of our family. It is now in its second season, but there
are a lot of weeds growing in it and I was wondering if there was
an easy way to get rid of these.
I don't know of an easy way to control weeds in a chamomile lawn.
Try to prevent weed growth by making sure the chamomile is growing
as densely as possible. This is easier said than done though, as
chamomile lawns can be a bit patchy if conditions are not ideal.
Chamomile grows best
in a sunny spot in free-draining soil and can die out in wet or
shady conditions. The variety 'Treneague' is said to be the best
for a lawn - it seldom flowers, but still has the lovely aromatic
foliage. Fill any gaps quickly with new plants which you can propagate
So, to control weeds,
you'll just have to get on your hands and knees and pull them out
as they emerge. Or for deep-rooted broad-leaved weeds and difficult-to-pull-out
creeping ones, like oxalis, you could use a weedkiller such as the
glyphosate types (Roundup, Zero, and the like) carefully dabbed
directly on to each weed. A small piece of foam rubber fastened
on to a stick works quite well for this, as it won't drip weedkiller
on to the chamomile - it usually only takes one dab to apply a lethal
dose to a small weed.
Gardener, Issue 206, 2006, Page 37
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.