What a lawn likes:
Knowing what a lawn likes goes a long way to creating that great looking patch of green.
- Soil pH of 6.5-7
- Lime 5lbs. per 100 square feet, twice a year. Our rainy climate leaves soil with a low pH, making it hard for lawn grass to pick up the nutrition it needs to thrive. Raise the pH by adding lime twice a year and your lawn will be much healthier.Lawn
- Water 1" per week In summer, watering this much will allow the lawn to go dormant, which is healthy. Letting the lawn grow taller in hot summer months, 3-4" keeps it looking greener.
- Fertilize 3x per year with organic fertilizer or 4x per year with synthetic fertilizer. Start in March, finish in September.
Starting a New Lawn: Seed or Sod?
Both are good options. Sod is instant lawn!! Seed is more cost effective but takes time. Which ever route you choose, soil preparation is a very important step and is the same for both methods.
- Roto-till when the soil is not too wet.
- Add compost to help increase drainage (air and water flow) through the soil.
- Add lime to raise the pH level, 5lbs. per 100 square feet
- Use the roto-tiller to blend lime and compost
Lawn from Seed
We carry a nice variety of high quality seed mixes blended for Pacific Northwest conditions.
- Water Warden – slow-grow, low water option
- Envirolawn – blend of grass, clover and flower seeds
- Sun, shade or blended sun and shade
Choose the seed that suits your site's requirements and follow the 5 steps on our Installing a Seed Lawn Brochure.
- Remove moss – use a moss killer & rake out the remains once moss has turned black (about 2 weeks).
- Remove or kill weeds
- Remove thatch using a thatch rake. This will also rough the surface of the soil for planting.
- Aerate soil if the ground is poorly drained. Use compost or pumice to fill aeration holes.
- Add soil in low parts of the lawn to level the planting area.
- Add lime, 5lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
- Sow seed using a seed blend that suits your sun exposure. Use a seed broadcaster at a rate of 3lbs. per 100 sq. ft.
- Fertilize following the directions on your fertilizer package.
- Cover seed lightly with compost, no thicker than 1/8" to protect from birds & erosion.
- Water, keeping seed consistently moist.
- Mow when grass is 1 ½" tall.