Best way to prepare lawn before seeding
We bought a spec home in Feb 2008. The builder had the back yard hydoseeded which proceeded to wash off after the "Storm of All Storms" 3 days later. They did come back and proceeded to spread seed on top of the packed soil which did little to nothing. After a year of watching yellow fox tail and crabcrass migrate through my yard, I did have a company come aerate and spread seed last September. Still there's not much happening, although there are some areas that show growth.
This spring you can see the dead fox tail remains which, most of it comes up with a garden rake. My yard is approx. 50' x 100', so raking it is backbreaking. I want to spread the seed myself this year but need advice on how best to get the seed to germinate. Do I need to till it with a roto tiller...again back breaking on such a large yard or is there another way to do this without paying a fortune to a lawn company? Any advice is much appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
John from Indiana