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Portland Nursery

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.

Lawn Renovation

  • 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.