How to Protect Grass Seed

Overview

Lawns that are lush and green always make a house appear more attractive and welcoming. While sod can become expensive, seeding your own lawn is less money and less work. The biggest problem is protecting the grass seed after it is planted.

Step 1

Use a rake over the seeds after they have been planted, raking about the top 1/8 inch of the soil. This helps mix the grass seeds into the soil.

Step 2

Sprinkle 1/4 inch of peat moss on top of the grass seed to provide protection from wind and heat.

Step 3

Water your lawn consistently over the month, depending on the weather. It is important to keep your lawn moist constantly. Don't water so much though that the soil puddles because the seeds will wash away.

Step 4

Make sure to keep animals and people off the lawn so the new growth doesn't get destroyed. Install a fence around the lawn or a sign, or make sure to tell your family and friends not to walk on the soil.

Step 5

Let the grass grow up to about 3 to 4 inches before mowing. This will ensure that the grass takes root and is well established. When it reaches this point, mow it as usual.

Things You'll Need

  • Grass seed
  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Fence
  • Lawn mower
  • Rake

References

  • All About Lawns: Seeding Lawns
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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.