What is a Flawn?
A Flawn or flowering lawn is simply a normal grass lawn with low growing wildflowers added to it. You can seed in spring, summer, fall or winter over the snow. The three varieties included in a Flawn Seed Kit will grow in with your grass over the next one to three years to create a ratio of about half grass and half low growing wildflowers.
When can I expect flowers?
Flawn Seed Kits contain Dutch White Clover which will flower in one growing season, Self-Heal which will flower in the second growing season, and Creeping Thyme which will flower in the third growing season. If you want some early season flowers in the first growing season you can add annuals like Baby Blue Eyes or Crimson Clover.
Can I add more flower varieties to a Flawn Seed Kit?
Absolutely! Simply add any additional varieties to your cart along with the Flawn Seed Kit and they will ship with your order. It's recommended to add annuals like Baby Blue Eyes or Crimson Clover which provide a great nectar and pollen sources for our early arriving pollinators.
What if I already have weeds like Crabgrass and Creeping Charlie?
The different low growing wildflowers in a Flawn Seed Kit will be able to grow in the same environments that weeds grow and as soon as your Flawn starts to become established you will notice the weeds less. Dutch White Clover has the same growth habit and prefers the same environmental conditions that Creeping Charlie does so they will grow well together. Creeping Charlie although aggressive in growth habit is beneficial for pollinators. As the Flawn becomes fully established it will be able to prevent annual weeds such as crabgrass and yellow nutsedge.
How does a Flawn save me money?
Dutch White Clover is included in all Flawn Seed Kits because it provides nitrogen (what’s in fertilizer) for the other plants like the grass and other flowers. This reduces the need to add any fertilizers that a grass lawn normally requires each year. By adding broadleaf flowers to a grass lawn, you shade and cool the soil surface reducing the need for irrigation almost completely. Also, by adding low growing wildflowers to your lawn and not fertilizing you reduce the growth rate of the grass resulting in much less need for mowing throughout the year. All together a Flawn will save an average of $1,700 per year according to Home Advisor.
Will a Flawn grow in shade?
Absolutely! Flawn Seed Kits are designed to grow in full sun to shade. Dutch White Clover and Micro Clover tolerate shade the best out of the varieties in the Flawn Seed Kits. Self-Heal prefers some shade but will grow just fine in sunny spots too. Creeping Thyme will grow in partial shade but will flower more in full sun. If you want to ensure a successful and full density Flawn it is recommended to limb up trees about 8 ft all the way around and it is best if you have a 40-45 degree angle from the lowest branch to the sky so any limbs growing on the underside of the lowest branches should be removed to allow sunlight closer to the base of the tree. To increase the success rate of plantings under trees it is also a good idea to thin the canopy removing redundant branching especially any crossing branches that are rubbing.
Will my Flawn spread into my neighbors lawn?
Not likely. If your neighbors apply weed killers either themselves or have a company come then there will still be a very distinct line between the two. If they do not use any weed control then it will look like a wavy line as the Flawn species may slightly trickle over into the grass but if they fertilize their grass it will out-compete the wildflowers and stay just a grass lawn.
Make sure to display your metal Flawn Seed Kit Flowering Lawn sign that comes with every kit so your neighbors know what you are up to and why it is so important to support our pollinators and hopefully they will transform their lawn soon too!
Does it matter what type of soil I have?
Flawn Seed Kits are designed to grow in most any soil type of from sandy to silty to loamy and even clay! These little wildflowers are tough. Creeping Thyme prefers sandy soil over clay so if you have heavy clay soil it will still grow but be slower to establish and less aggressive. If you have poor soil and want to improve it we recommend incorporating compost into the topsoil layer at the time of seeding to act as a soil enhancer and starter fertilizer for your Flawn. If your grass is thin and you know it is due to poor soil it is recommended to buy the next size up Flawn Seed Kit and spread the seed more heavily to create a thicker Flawn.
What if my soil is acidic or alkaline?
Most likely it will not be a problem. The varieties included in the Flawn Seed Kits are tolerant of acidic soils and will grow just fine in alkaline soils as well. If you want to create the best soil environment for your grass to grow in though you should have your soil tested for pH and organic matter percentage and add amendments to adjust the pH to 6.5-7 and the organic matter to 3-5%.
How do I install a Flawn?
It’s super easy. If it’s spring summer or fall, simply mow your lawn as short as possible, then hand spread Flawn Seed throughout your lawn. If it’s winter, simply spread Flawn Seed over a fresh snowfall on a calm day. Make sure to spread each seed variety separately by hand since they are different sizes and if you were to mix them up and spread them together you would not get an even distribution of each variety. Detailed instructions are included with all Flawn seed orders.
How do I maintain my Flawn?
Watering: It is important to water regularly during the first few weeks if it doesn't rain and if a drought occurs in the first season. Once established a Flawn only needs to be watered during extended droughts.
Mowing: It is best to continue mowing at 3.5-4" for the first season to allow the Flawn seeds to germinate and grow in. Once established, it is up to you what height you keep your Flawn (be sure to check local ordinances for height restrictions). Once your Flawn is fully established it is recommended to let it grow up to 6" and then mow it to 4" which will have you mowing about every 3-4 weeks and about 6-10 times per year. Mowing on the highest setting is recommended at least a few times per year to prevent any one variety from overtaking the others.
Fertilizer and Weed Killers: No starter fertilizer or subsequent fertilizing is required to grow a successful Flawn. If you have extremely sandy soil or heavy clay soil you could add compost (granulated is easiest) at the time of seeding to improve the growing conditions for the grass but it is not required. Do not apply any weed killers as they would kill the flowering lawn species. A weed popper tool can be used to remove any invasive or noxious weeds (See "What if I already have weeds like Crabgrass and Creeping Charlie?" for more information about weeds in Flawns).
How do I know which size kit/quantity of seed to order?
Flawn Seed Kits and individual varieties come prepackaged in five sizes: up to 1,000 sq. ft., up to 2,500 sq. ft., up to 5,000 sq. ft., up to 10,000 sq. ft., and up to 15,000 sq. ft. If you are not sure how big your yard is you can request a free measurement. If you need a larger size than 15,000 sq. ft. you can simply order additional quantities. So for example, if you need 35,000 sq. ft., you would just order two 15,000 sq. ft. kits and one 5,000 sq. ft. kit. if you need an acre or more please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a custom quote.