New Seed Lawn questions
Just moved into a new house here in zone 3 (Canadian prairies) and looking for some advice on sorting my big backyard lawn (approx 120ft x 60ft).
Here's the details
It's a new'ish build (1 year), and we finally just got graded. The soil is pretty hard packed on the surface, and was before the grading also. When I dig down more than 2-3" it's kind of clay like (might be from all the rain we've had). I did a "water jar test" from many area's and the line in the soil is about 60/40. I think that means about 60% sand & silt and 40% clay?
I'd like to seed since sodding that big yard is something my back and wallet don't want to contend with. My old neighbor used Eco-Lawn, and it seems pretty awesome. "Eco-Lawn is a blend of carefully selected fine fescue grass seeds" which seems ideal since it's from prairie grasses.
1) What should I do (most cost effective) to get the soil ready for seeding?
2) What's the best time for me to do these things?
3) anything else I should think of or know.....from the experts :)