The Best Cover Over Grass Seed

Cover grass seed for the best results.
Cover grass seed for the best results. (Image: Peter Dazeley/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A beautifully lush green lawn is the goal of many homeowners. After picking the best soil and grass seed that will work the best to reach this goal, do not forget the cover. Grass seed cover not only keeps moisture in, it provides shade so the seeds do not burn in addition to providing shelter from the birds and other animals that find the seeds a tasty side dish.

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Straw is the most widely used and least expensive covering for grass seed. Straw is easy to spread, helps retain the necessary moisture and can eventually be mowed into the grass. The downside though, is that straw is a bit of an eyesore and there may be some weeds in them that will germinate with the grass seeds.

Straw is easy to spread and helps retain the necessary moisture
Straw is easy to spread and helps retain the necessary moisture (Image: hay image by Bobi from

Peat Moss

In hot, dry climates peat moss is often the preferred choice of ground covering. Peat moss, when watered, retains moisture better than other coverings allowing better seed germination. Since it's darker than straw, it looks better while doing its job. Peat moss is widely available at any nursery, farm, hardware or home improvement store.


Mulch helps retain the necessary moisture and offers superior contact between the seed and soil. It works wonderfully as long it is applied in an even, light layer. Mulch does not need to be removed or cleaned up after the grass seeds start growing. Mulch can be any number of things, including shredded leaves, compost, manure, grass clippings or even shredded newspaper.

Fabric Seed Covers/Blankets

Fabric seed covers and blankets cover fresh seeds while trapping in heat and moisture, speeding up the seeds' growth. They are easy to install, just unroll and cut to size. They also stop erosion, insect, bird and animal damage and help prevent frost damage. Seed covers and blankets can be bought at most garden supply stores and online.


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