Planting grass in clay
I recently moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Our yard has alot of shade from pine trees bordering our yard and is on a gentle slope. I have a husky that loves to play but only uses the woods to do his business. I had to rake a lot of pine straw off the lawn when I moved here summer '13 but the yard looked nice and needed mowed about once a week. The yard seemed to have a lot of some kind of moss or undergrowth to it that I am unfamiliar with. Throughout the winter when my dog would play in the yard it seemed like the grass, moss or whatever I had in my yard would just peel up in clumps from the dog running around from I suppose not having deeper root systems. As you can imagine spring is here and I would like to have a nice yard to enjoy and am ready to work. I am unsure of the right way to go about this being that it seems that the soil is a very light layer of top soil than a very sandy clay soil underneath. I was thinking of raking the ground to even out all the divots
and throwing down a good shade seed, straw and strategic watering but would love any and all advice on my situation being that I don't have much of a green thumb.