How to make a chamomile lawn

Written by kim e. strom
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A chamomile lawn is unique and very aromatic. When crushed, a sweet apple-like scent is released. In fact, the root words of chamomile are "chamos" and "milos" in Greek, meaning "ground apple." A chamomile lawn is also fairly easy to grow and it does not require mowing. Several different kinds of chamomile include the German and Roman varieties, which are flowering plants. But the type used for ground cover is called Anthemis Nobilis, or Treneague. It is a non-flowering, perennial chamomile that, according to, was discovered in the 1950s at the Higher Treneague Farm in Cornwall.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Garden rake
  • Chamomile turf or plants
  • Compost
  • Lawn fertiliser

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    Preparing the Area

  1. 1

    Choose an area that receives full sunlight. Pull out or dig up all weeds and grass in the area to be sowed. Remove any stones as well. Rake the area flat.

  2. 2

    Add grit to heavy soil to help with drainage, or consider creating raised beds filled with lighter soil in this case. Lawn chamomile prefers well-drained, acidic soil.

  3. 3

    Top the area with 3 or 4 inches of compost and water thoroughly.

    Planting the Lawn

  1. 1

    Purchase lawn chamomile turf or treneague plants from a supplier. Since anthemis nobilis produces no flowers, there are no seeds.

  2. 2

    Lay the turf as required for a grass lawn. If you're using plants, place them 6 to 12 inches apart in the prepared area.

  3. 3

    Water thoroughly and keep the area moist for several weeks or until the plants are well-rooted and established.

    Maintaining a Chamomile Lawn

  1. 1

    Apply lawn fertiliser to a rate of 35 g to 1 sq meter each spring to keep plants healthy.

  2. 2

    Mow sparingly. Plants only grow to about 2 1/2 inches tall, so mowing is not really necessary. It can be done to trim plants and encourage growth.

  3. 3

    Remove any weeds that come up as soon as possible. Treneague, or lawn chamomile, does not compete well with weeds. Keeps weeds to a minimum by following the above recommendations for soil conditions and maintenance which will keep the lawn dense.

Tips and warnings

  • Treneague should not be planted in high-traffic areas. Walking on the plants too much can cause the soil to compact and impede drainage. If this happens, loosen the soil periodically.

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