Can you recommend the best grass seed for NW Oregon?

Asked February 17, 2015, 4:48 PM EST

My lawn literally died this past winter. Not sure what caused it, but right after the cold snap we had in October it started to turn brown and within the month was pretty much gone (about 95% of it). My property sits at about 800 feet above sea level, and the lawn is shaded about 8 months out of the year. The area in question is about 5000 sq. ft. I had fertilized it about 2 weeks before the freeze--not sure if that had something to do with it. This is the first time I have had it die--usually it goes into its winter mode and comes roaring back in the spring, but not so this time. Since I am going to reseed the entire lawn, what is the very best seed that I can use, and where should I procure it? What should I look for on the labels? What combination works best for my geographic location?

Clackamas County Oregon lawns and turf lrk horticulture

2 Responses

Dead lawns are not a common issue even at your elevation in Clackamas County. The fertilizing timing with that early deep freeze could be the culprit. Check for fresh seed when shopping. The mix to choose is more a consideration of light and soil fertility. This article from OSU Extension gives more information; "What's the best grass mixture for a western Oregon lawn", http://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/node/778.
The links to further articles move, but they should be easy to find using the title and publication number. EC 1550, "Practical Lawn Establishment and Renovation" is 24 pages of information for this area, https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/files/project/pdf/ec1550.pdf. Advice about choosing seed begins on page 6.

Thanks very much---great information--This is exactly what I was looking for---now all I have to do is wait until late April or early May to get the seed down and get a new lawn!!!!!!
Much appreciated--
Greg