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Alternative Lawn - Heath Pearlwort

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  1. Mike77

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    Anyone made a lawn out of Heath Pearlwort? If so any disadvantages?

    According to the website I'm looking at it's hardy, tolerant of most soil and conditions, low maintenance (no mowing). Pictures online look nice.

    Basically I'm starting a lawn from scratch and considering alternatives

    Mike
     
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    I have quite a big area planted with it to give the appearance of a flowering lawn. It's lovely to walk on but mine doesn't get much wear so I'm unsure it would stand up to kids playing football on it for example. Mine went a bit brown earlier this year when it was very dry (I have very light dry soil) but has recovered now with all the rain. The biggest issue was establishing it and preventing the weeds taking over, I spent a long time going over it hand weeding for the first two years.

    I would suggest you get rid of all weeds before planting, maybe lay it fallow and keep hoeing off any plant that appears for a year.

    The other downside is the cost, it's not that easy to grow from seed (I tried twice) and buying enough plants was prohibitive for my area. Eventually I bought a few plants and just kept splitting them taking cuttings, it took me two years to bulk them up so I had enough for my planting. Even then I had gaps between the plants, which is why I had to keep weeding to begin with. Once it established it forms a really dense mat and smothers all but the toughest of weeds.

    So it's maintenance free in the sense that it doesn't need mowing, but you will need to spend a fair bit of time weeding it.
     
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      I was wondering about doing a little area myself. I was looking here.. it is expensive I agree John.. I would have to keep the dogs away from it though as it won't stand up to pets...

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        Ok so I'm seriously considering doing this. I too was looking at the vicoriana website and at 36 plants per square meter it works out pretty expensive. I've seen this place which is cheaper Sagina 'Green'. They don't have enough in stock right now for the size of area I want to do so it looks like I may put it off to next spring.
         
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          Update on this. I bough 5 plugs from victoriananursery about a week ago. I've planted them as a test and I'll see how they fair through the winter and spring. If the test is successful and they don't die I'll consider doing the full lawn.
           
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            Further update. My test plugs survived and thrived even under a few feet of snow so i decided to go for it. I got 600 plugs from a wholesaler and got half of them down last week. Want to get the rest down this weekend but the weather is meant to be rubbish so we'll see. I don't think I have enough as there is another area out of the picture to cover as well and i cleared out the wholesaler. I'll probably try and propagate the rest by dividing them as they grow. Hopefully they'll grow fairly quickly and close up the gaps between each other. Further photos to come.
             

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              This is how mine looks at the moment, it's underplanted with spring flowering bulbs which are now dying off, otherwise it looks wonderful now it's all in flower:
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                Here's the progress on mine. First planted in 2015:
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                2016:
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                2017:
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                  It's looking great. Gives me hope. So far the weather today is looking not too bad but thunder storms forcast for later. I'll get out shortly and try and get another tray planted.
                   
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