Think about the purpose of using peat moss this way. It is not to improve
the soil. It is to help establish fresh additional grass in an existing
sparse lawn that will not be dug up. The purpose of the peat moss is to
retain moisture as the seeds germinate and develop.
My evidence is my own observation that peat moss remains moist much longer
than the surface of my lawn. Thus a lawn with peat moss on top will need
less frequent watering, perhaps twice a day to keep the grass seed moist
instead of every hour during midday. It will also shield the seeds from the
direct sunlight, which could dry them out no matter what they're on.
The claims of you and your authorities that mixing peat moss into soil is
the best way to use it to improve the soil, and just leaving it on top is,
at best, useless, seem undeniable. But that is not the goal here or the
situation. The moss will be kept moist until the grass is established. The
fact that peat moss is useful when dug in does not prevent it from being
useful in other ways too.
Your observations are at best the products of delusion. Please accept that I
mean this in a good way. You have no idea what you saw. The only possible
exception to what I've said is that you are home all day long, and are able
to hose down the lawn's surface every couple of hours. Aside from that
possibility, or living in a climate where it rains lightly and endlessly
every day, there are no other explanations.
Good! When you can explain your theories, and why they fly in the face of
virtually ALL other professional recommendations, including those on the
peat moss packages, I'll be happy to change my opinion. But, all you've done
is said "I think this should work and the facts are of no important". You
may as well be telling someone to stick a gun in his mouth and pull the
trigger because you think the history of bullet wounds is nonsense.
You still persist in your error in logic.
You have not referred to any professional recommendation or evidence that
says the method does not work. The professional recommendations to which
you refer say to use peat moss another way, which is not applicable here.
That does not mean it will not work in the way that is suggested here.
That peat moss is recommended for method B and works in method B does not
mean that it does not work in method A.
I notice that you ignored my previous posting to a garden site that
recommended applying peat moss on top of a lawn when reseeding. Here are 3
more. They were easily found.
My other point is that, yes, I wrote, "I think this should work". I am
disagreeing with your opinion. I did not present my opinion as accepted
truth. You, on the other hand, have presented as known fact what is only
your view on the situation.
I don't care WHAT they say. Experience shows otherwise. It *might* work if
sprinkled on top of the seed, but only if you're there to keep it moist.
This would eliminate its functionality for anyone who has to go to work for
8 hours on a sunny day.
Andrew. A point of clarification here. The websites you referred to, one
talked about topdressing existing lawns with peat moss by raking it into the
existing turf and the other sugested covering grass seed with peat moss.
The first suggestion is, as far as I can see, about conditioning your soil
and adding organic material using a no till method.
The latter does not explain how to moss is to be applied.
The original post was about shredding and blowning peat moss on to newly
laid grass seed.
The unanswered question for me is the blowing bit. I cannot see bits of peat
moss fluff doing much. Getting it in to the right areas at the right
thickness must require raking. Bits of peat moss lying over a soil must be
subject to wind blow. What happens when the seed starts to germinate and
they have a nice layer of mulch stopping them getting to the sun.
Of interest value only, your opinion please.
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No, actually every web site refers to putting peat moss on top of seed when
reseeding a lawn. I will quote one or two sentences from each of the web
"After applying lime, fertilizer, and seed to your lawn, we recommend you
cover the newly seeded areas with a light covering of peat moss or straw.
Peat moss is the most desirable and is excellent for average size areas."
"If your lawn is sparse, mix in seed with the peat moss when you're
top-dressing, and spread it with a rake."
"Apply seed, lime, and starter fertilizer, cover with peat moss or Grass
Mulch and thoroughly water."
I don't know how blowing can be done. If the peat moss is dry it will blow
all over, better wear a dust mask for sure. If it is moist, it's harder to
blow. I never regarded the blowing as basic to the points I was disagreeing
After the seed germinates the young blade will have to push its way through
a layer of moist peat moss. I don't see this as a problem; after all, peat
moss is a major component of most seed starter mixes.
The peat will absorb moisture.
If the peat was mixed in the soil, that moisture would be available to
sprouting roots. But if the peat is on top of the soil, that moisture
will be lost to evaporation as the peat dries, and will do the
germination process absolutely no good. In fact, if you don't increase
how much watering you do, the soil under the peat will never get the
moisture it needs, and any germinating seeds will quickly die.
Yes. You're right.
Wrong. The water will go to keeping the peat moist, and that moiture
will be unavailable for the germinating seedlings.
If you're seeding during spring or fall, any direct sunlight is a
non-issue. If you're seeding in the height of summer, yes, your seeds
could dry out, but they're going to dry out faster if you cover them
with a big sponge that's exposed to the sunlight. And that's what peat
Try this: Take a sponge, and place it over some soil. Then water the
area where the sponge is, as well as a bare area of similar soil
composition, and other conditions. Water both areas to the point that
the sponge is saturated. Every hour, check the soil under the sponge,
and the area not under the sponge. Notice which soil dries out first:
What was under the sponge, or what wasn't.
You're missing the point. It's not worthless on top because it's
supposed to be mixed in. It's supposed to be mixed in because it's
worthless (and, in fact, counter-productive) on top.
Save your water. Water only the soil and the seedlings. Don't lay peat
on top. You'll just have to water the peat in addition to the soil and
if the plan is to retain moisture and reduce watering surely a far simpler
way of doing it is to peg some form of cloth across the soil until the seeds
start to germinate. If the seed and peat moss is randomly spread amongst
existing grass is that not a little haphazard. What guarantee do you have
the the peat moss will come to rest in the places it is exactly needed.
Moreover, what effect will peat moss have on existing grasses. If you lay it
on too thick and moist you risk damaging the existing lawn. It may work
however it seems there are far simpler ways of achieving the desired
results. If simply wanting to beef up existing turf planting grasses in the
correct season with the necessary climactic conditions is a huge head start.
If the weather is hot and dry then the question has to be asked is grass the
best product for such conditions. Peat moss may or may not work, however to
my mind, is it the best way.
you can get waste stuff if you look in the right places. Sure, it will be a
bit of work however simply spreading seed on an 8000 sq ft area will be work
in itself, as well as watering, as well as blowing peat fluff all over it.
With something that large there is work there all rightregardless of what
direction you go.
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