Compost for Lawn?
Area: Raleigh, NC
Grass: Tall Fescue
Total Area of Renovation: 2000 Sq. Ft
Large parts of my lawn died completely over the summer. I killed whatever was left using Roundup, bagged the dead grass by setting the mower to the lowest setting and have tilled almost 3" using a roto tiller . I am going to seed with Rebel IV Tall Fescue and use Pennington 18-24-6 starter fertilizer. I also got a soil test done and the ph was 6.6. I wanted to added some compost to the soil before seeding. My local garden center was selling something called "soil conditioner" and the sales person there told me it was organic compost. When I went to take a closer look, it stinks real bad and there are lot of flies around it. The sales person tells me that compost does stink and the smell will go away in a couple of weeks after spreading. Here are my questions:
Does compost stink? How to identify good compost?
If I cannot find good compost what are my alternatives?
Should I apply Lime during seeing?
Thanks for the help.