I vote for a soil test. Who knows what condition your soil is in now.
You will need to get the soil in condition using the right tools first.
Depending one where you are, this may not be a good time to start a new
lawn. In most places fall is the best time for a new lawn so I suggest you
start now by getting the soil in shape, eliminating any insect or disease
you may have now. That with proper mowing and watering and maybe some weed
control, may bring your lawn back to life and by fall you will not need to
bother with replacing it.
Don't treat for a problem you don't KNOW you have.
In short, get the soil straight before investing money anywhere else.
Check with your local county extension agent (phone book) for soil test
BTW, I believe the biggest lawn problem in most of the US comes from
cutting the grass too short. It's not a putting green, don't true to treat
it like one.
Joseph E. Meehan
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