How to Use Peat Moss to Grow Grass

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A lawn can make or break the look of your home.
A lawn can make or break the look of your home. (Image: Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Your lawn is the first thing that guests see when they visit your home. A brown, dead, messy lawn will reflect negatively on the whole atmosphere of your house. Reseeding your lawn gives you a fresh start at a lush, green yard sure to make a positive impact on anyone who passes by. Using peat moss when growing grass will increase the chance of seed germination and keep the seeds from being washed or blown away.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Rake
  • Water hose
  • Grass seed
  • Seed spreader
  • Peat moss

Use a tiller to till the top 2 or 3 inches of soil where you will plant the grass seed. Tillers are available for purchase or rent at home improvement stores and equipment rental centers.

Remove large rocks, twigs and break up pieces of large sod. Smooth the tilled soil with a rake. Dampen the freshly tilled soil with a water hose. Make the soil moist but not soggy.

Spread the grass seed over the damp soil evenly. Use your hands or seed spreader to spread the seeds. Plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep in the soil.

Lay peat moss 1/3 inch thick on top of the grass seed. The peat moss will help protect the grass seed from birds, winds and overwatering. Immediately water the peat moss lightly with a water hose. Peat moss retains water, which increase the rate of seed germination.

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