Thyme Weed Management

Unfortunately, thyme plants often suffer from weeds, which compete with plants in terms of space, access to sunlight, water and nutrients. The presence of weeds will have a negative effect in the quantity of fresh plant material harvested as well as in the quality of essential oil. It is necessary for all growers to have a sound weed control strategy, which may differ significantly between countries, law framework, means of production, industry to which the product is intended etc.

The first measures against weeds are taken with the first tillage, well before planting the seedlings. A second very important step towards effective weed control is the frequent tillage or the hand weeding of the area between the rows of the plants. Inside the row of the plants, healthy mature thyme plants normally do not allow weeds to appear, due to their dense spacing (12 inches- 30 cm). However, professional thyme farmers check regularly for the presence of weeds inside the row and carefully remove weeds by hand if needed.

Many thyme farmers cover the part of the soil that is located between the plant rows with a special weed plastic mat. The plastic mat prevents the development of weeds, while increasing the soil temperature. In other cases, farmers put mulch around the plants base. Apart from controlling weeds, mulch also reflects sunlight.

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1.) Thyme Plant Information

2.) Growing Thyme at home

3.) Growing Thyme for Profit

4.) Thyme Growing Conditions

5.) Thyme Plants Propagation and Planting

6.) How to grow Thyme from Seed

7.) How to grow Thyme from Cuttings

8.) Thyme Water Requirements

9.) Thyme Fertilizer Requirements

10.) Thyme Weed Control

11.) Thyme Harvesting

12.) Thyme Essential Oil Yield

13.) Q&As Thyme

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