How to Add Peat Moss to a Garden


Peat moss, a spongy plant harvested from swamp bogs, is an organic material you can add to your garden. Peat moss conditions soil, allowing it to absorb air and water like a sponge. Add peat moss to compost, as it enhances compost but it is not a replacement for it. Peat moss is lightweight and easy to work with--it expands to twice the package size when opened, since it is sold compressed. Application is simple and completed quickly.

Step 1

Till soil with rototiller or rake 6 to 8 inches down.

Step 2

Remove weeds and rocks from soil. Pull weeds by hand or loosen them with your rake before pulling. Sort through the soil to find rocks; remove or loosen the rocks with a rake if the rocks were not dislodged from tilling.

Step 3

Empty bags of peat moss on top of soil until you have a 1- to 2-inch layer. Use rototiller or rake to mix peat moss into the top 6 to 8 inches of soil.

Step 4

Rake area level, moving the rake across the soil until soil appears smooth and level.

Step 5

Water the soil well--water until the top layer of soil appears completely covered and saturated.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototill
  • Rake


  • Testing and Improving Your Soil
  • Cornell University: Gardening Resources
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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.