overseeding - how to?

Overseeding sounds simple, but is it? Do I just spread grass seed over the areas I want to seed, and water daily, or must I loosen the soil first and/or cover the seed with straw afterward?
Alan
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On Thu, 31 Aug 2006 17:38:17 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@junk.min.net wrote:

Make sure you don't have a layer of thatch on the ground. The seed must be in direct contact with the ground. First, mow as low as possible. Spread starter fertilizer and seed. Keep moist. For bare areas use straw to protect the seedlings. It's easy!
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wrote:

Other than doing a mow-low, rye grass -- unlike other grasses -- isn't that picky as long as it's cool and there's a little rain.
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"TQ" <ToweringQs AT adelphia.net> wrote in message wrote:

depending how bug the area you want to over sow, how hard the soil is and how bare the patch is, I usually run a rake across the area if not too large to loosed up the earth a little, throw the seed on and rake it in lightly.
rob
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