What pest control product and fertilizer should I use on Elfin Thyme planted between flagstone? - Knowledgebase Question

Stockton, Ca
Question by bfasano
June 8, 2010
Last year we removed grass from part of our backyard and installed natural flagstone. In between the stones I planted Elfin Thyme. This year I noticed that some of the plants have some yellowing and dead areas. I also noticed snails and slugs in the area. How should I treat this area, and what type of fertilizershould I use?


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Answer from NGA
June 8, 2010

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You can trim out the yellowing and dead areas of your thyme. I just give mine a haircut every spring by cutting out the oldest, lowest growth. Cutting it back will encourage healthy new growth. Slugs and snails generally won't bother thyme but you can discourage them by sprinkling an iron based product such as Sluggo near your plants. It's harmless to people and pets but will control slugs and snails. Thyme doesn't really need to be fed but you can certainly sprinkle some water soluable fertilizer such as Miracle Grow over the tops of your thyme once this summer. Enjoy your garden!

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