My plan: run an aerator over the whole area to tear things up (it's quite compacted in the spots we've been driving over), then reseed.
A. I've heard that there's 2 types of "contractor grass seed", one that only lasts a year and another that stays. Since my goal is to make a decent looking lawn (not a golf course), I'm trying to keep things cheap. I've also heard of using oats to get some root structure established, then plant grass over it toward fall.. Suggestions appreciated..
B. What's a good general fertilization regimen to get it to take off.. If it rains at all this spring (it didn't at all last year), moisture should most definitely not be a problem.
I'm in a rural area and the most my neighbors do for their lawns is maybe mow it a couple times a month. I don't want a backyard full of weeds though.
Thanks for any tips!