Red Thyme close up
This hearty ground-cover plant could save you from ever having to do lawn work.

Reno, NV– While it may be tempting to switch to an electric lawn mower, an even more effective, pinker, solution may be an option for you. That is, if you’re willing to undertake a full landscaping project to save water, energy, time–and yourself from mowing the lawn again, ever.

Red Thyme.

A Red Thyme walk way in a garden
Some use red thyme as a decoration or accent to their landscaping.

This lawn looks plucked straight from tea in Wonderland, but you don’t have to go down any rabbit holes to get this garden look. Planting Red Thyme will do the trick; it’s tough and drought-resistant enough to withstand even our harsh, Nevada winters and our famously dry climate. Having to water less means saving both water and energy–and if you use a gasoline lawn mower, gas, too.

A garden path lined with green grass, and filled in with Red Thyme
This garden has been landscaped with Red Thyme, which is cold resistant all the way into USDA Zone 4.

Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus coccineus) is not only drought-resistant, but can be walked on, and can handle the cold temperatures all the way up to USDA Zone 4 (think Minnesota and North Dakota).

What’s the catch?

Well, it’s a project, absolutely; Christina Frutiger as interviewed by the Seattle Times said that after placing starter sets of red thyme over the area that she set aside for the project, it took 3 years for the area of Red Thyme to knit together and form the lawn. In the meantime, however, she still didn’t have to worry about mowing, just picking the occasional weed.

Besides that, the cost is about as much as getting a whole new lawn. In addition to the labor of having to kill the existing lawn (which can be a task), making the soil ready for planting requires work, too. According to Amy Grant at Gardening Know How, most people only use creeping thyme as a way to fill in little pathways and as decoration. After all of that work, however, she says, “say goodbye to fertilizing, thatching, regular watering and even mowing if you so desire”.

  • Would you switch to a pink lawn to make your gardening even greener?
  • Is the one-time work worth the long-term low-maintenance?
  • Would you plant a few more starters to see if you could get a pink lawn in less than 3 years?
  • What are your gardening and landscaping tips?

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