12 days after planting Kentucky Bluegrass, I just had a lot of rain. Many spots had already germinated such that the green grassy shoot is about 1/4 inch long, with roots just barely into the soil, but that baby grass is now mostly lying flat/sideways (somewhat due to the heavy rain, and somewhat due to my placing a heavy tarp on this area to shelter it for part of the rain).

Should I now topdress these uprooted seedlings with soil (like 1/4 inch) to help them reestablish roots? Or, will the topdressing block light and therefore wind up killing my already-sprouted grass?

A little more rain is expected today and tomorrow which I believe would be perfect for normal watering. But, even with normal watering, I worry about this sideways baby grass lifting and floating away. Should I topdress, do nothing, put the tarp back down, or what?

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Depending how much washed away, reseed and cover with something like this and don't forget to water https://www.homedepot.com/p/4-ft-x-112-5-ft-Single-Net-Seed-Germination-and-Erosion-Control-Blanket-87363/305429568?MERCH=REC-_-searchViewed-_-NA-_-305429568-_-N&

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