Quick Intro

Laying sod in Portland

Portland, OR experiences a mild, wet climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. This kind of climate is great for grass growth, however, careful selection of grass type is necessary for longterm success.

Species such as tall fescue, perennial rye, and hybrid Bermuda all do well under Portland's climate and are widely grown in the area. These species tend to be drought tolerant and less prone to disease, meaning they require less maintenance throughout the year.

They are also more frost and heat tolerant and can resist heavy foot traffic, which is often an issue in urban areas. With careful selection, grasses can grow and thrive in Portland, OR despite its unique climate.

Let's take a look at some costs for different lawn sizes.

Portland Sod Cost Chart

Listed below are average price ranges for various yard sizes and sod types

Kentucky BluegrassTall FescuePerennial RyegrassFine Fescue
500 sq ft$175 - $350$300 - $425$150 - $325$225 - $375
1000 sq ft$350 - $700$600 - $850$300 - $650$450 - $750
1500 sq ft$525 - $1050$900 - $1275$450 - $975$675 - $1125
2000 sq ft$700 - $1400$1200 - $1700$600 - $1300$900 - $1500
2500 sq ft$875 - $1750$1500 - $2125$750 - $1625$1125 - $1875
3000 sq ft$1050 - $2100$1800 - $2550$900 - $1950$1350 - $2250

*Keep in mind these sod prices only include the sod itself - not delivery fees, sod installation, and other lawn care services.

Timing it just right

Is now a good time to lay sod in Portland?

As you can see in our handy chart below, february is generally not the best time to lay sod in Portland.

Because the daytime temperature averages between 35° and 48° degrees fahrenheit, it will be difficult for the grass to take root and grow. Consider waiting until the weather warms up a bit.

Average high in february

48°

Average low in february

35°

february is a

bad time

to lay sod in Portland, OR

Click/scroll on the months above to see average temperatures and how that affects the best time to lay sod.

What is the best grass for Portland, Oregon?

Because of the climate in Portland, Oregon, the best sods to grow are cool-season grasses. Below is a list of these grasses and their ballpark prices:

Price Considerations

Portland Sod DIY Installation vs. Hiring a Sod Company

When it comes to sodding your new lawn in Portland, Oregon, there are two options to consider. Each offers its unique set of advantages and disadvantages:

Hiring a Landscaping Company

Going with a landscaping company means a comprehensive, hands-free solution. They have teams that manage everything from sourcing quality sod to preparing the ground, taking care of sod delivery to your property, and installing the turf grass for you.

Cost: This is when you want the white glove "do it all for me" approach. You're not just paying for the product but also for professional labor, project management, and often, a service warranty. Expect to pay $300 or more per pallet of sod and double that figure for installation.

Sod Procurement options in Portland, Oregon: Landscaping Company vs. Sod Farm

Purchasing Directly from Sod Farms

Want to save a little cash? Sod farms are the way to go. This DIY approach comes with its own set of challenges, but the cost-saving potential for homeowners is significant.

Cost: Prices can drop to as low as $150 per pallet when buying in bulk from sod farms near Portland, offering you substantial savings. You'll sometimes need to go pick up the sod yourself as well.

DIY: The trade-off here is the manual labor involved in self-installation. Additionally, many sod farms operate on a minimum purchase policy, commonly starting at multiple pallets, which typically covers at least 1000 square feet.

Poor Online Support: Don't expect a sophisticated online browsing experience. Most sod farms have basic websites, so you'll likely need to make a phone call or fire off an email conversation to get ahold of availability and pricing.

Interested in going the farm route?

Here are the 5 closest sod farms to Portland:
  • Far West Turf and Nursery35306 Northwest Toenjes Road Woodland, WA 98674 24 miles away
  • Oregon Turf & Tree Farms18381 Boones Ferry Rd NE Hubbard, OR 97032 26 miles away
  • Willamette Turf Farm8624 Wabash Dr. NE Salem, OR 97305 34 miles away
  • JB Instant Lawn & Nursery5289 Blue Grass Ln NE Silverton, OR 97381 39 miles away
  • Kuenzi Turf and Nursery6475 State St, Salem, OR 97317 44 miles away
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Other Factors that Affect Sod Cost in Portland

Sod Supplier & Distance Traveled

Portland has a population of roughly 619,286, which can be a double-edged sword when it comes to landscaping pricing. This means that sod companies in Portland may charge more to cover the cost of living in a larger city. But at the same time you will have more options to choose from, so make sure to get multiple quotes. Prices can vary wildly!

Preparation Work

The following factors can make a huge difference in the cost and either save you or cost you big time:

  • Regrading: Need to flatten your yard? This can vary pricing wise but expect to pay roughly $0.55 per square foot extra on average.
  • Soil needs: If it's new construction or you have poor soil, you may need to add topsoil. Expect to pay somewhere in the ballpark of $0.25 per square foot for this.
  • Removal of existing sod: If you have existing grass that needs to go, this can cost an additional $0.45 per square foot.
  • Removal of other debris: Let's just say you have lot's of pebbles and rocks in your soil. It's going to cost extra to remove those.

Installation Labor Costs

The next thing to consider pricing wise is the cost of labor. Here are some of the factors that can influence labor costs:
  • Ease of access to your yard: Is it in a back yard that's hard to access? Up on a hill that laborers have to walk up? This will add to your cost.
  • Random objects: Best case scenario: it's wide open grass. If there are lots of trees, irrigation systems, or other objects this can add to labor cost.
  • Time of year: Since it's a seasonal business, and there's less demand for sod in Portland in the winter, you can sometimes get deals in the off-season.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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What is the cost for a pallet of sod in Portland?

As mentioned above, it depends on if you want the DIY or the white-glove approach, but it can range anywhere from $150 to $550 a pallet. Most of the time it's somewhere in the middle around $350 per pallet.

How much sod is in a pallet?

Different companies have different pallet sizes, but the most common is 500 square feet. We've also seen 400 square feet, 450 square feet and even 504 square feet. Make sure to check with the company!

What time of year do you lay sod in Portland, Oregon?

Cool season grasses grow best in Portland in the Fall and Spring.

How much is 200 square feet of sod in Portland?

If your goal is to get just 200 square feet of sod in Portland, you might have some luck looking on Facebook Marketplace, NextDoor, or Craigslist. Otherwise you might be out of luck and have to purchase a whole pallet (400-500 sq ft).

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Terrance Sowell

Writer & Editor, SodCalculator.com

Terrance is a former engineer turned sod connoisseur, who brings a unique, scientific approach to the world of landscaping. His analytical style and dedication to environmentally responsible practices make his content an invaluable resource for the eco-conscious homeowner.

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