How to Use Peat Moss to Grow Grass

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.

A lawn can make or break the look of your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller

  • Rake

  • Water hose

  • Grass seed

  • Seed spreader

  • Peat moss

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


Add a starter fertilizer to the grass seed before laying the peat moss to give the seeds a little boost.