Fall Prep for Spring Lawn & Garden

I just had two huge Liquid Amber trees cut down because the surface roots were taking over my entire lawn. (More roots than grass!) They'll be grinding the stumps and surface roots in the next day or so, and I plan on installing a new lawn and garden area next spring. What steps should I take this fall to ensure that the grass and flowers flourish next spring where huge trees once stood?
- Fleemo
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snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net wrote:

Depending on where your are it may not be too late to sow your lawn this fall. Grass does better in the long run if sewn in the fall.
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Travis in Shoreline Washington


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Thanks for the reply, Travis. I'll have to install a new sprinkler system and agonize over the new lawn & garden layout, so it'll probably be several weeks' worth of planning and work before I'm ready for the grass to go in. By then, it'll be pretty cold here in Northern California, so the lawn will probably have to wait until spring. But that does give me time to do some prep, such as add some blood meal to the areas full of chipped tree roots.
Any other advice to get the wood-chip laden soil ready for planting is appreciated.
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