Originally Posted by Smallaxe
It seems to me that wasting all of that dead grass material, just to turn around and buy seed cover, is counter-productive... If you slit seed under your dead lawn, you have better cover that you could ever get with anything else, including peat...
This is dead on.
As to the homeowner...you have to babysit new seed during less than perfect weather, less than perfect soil, etc. Those are judgement calls based on current factors at YOUR location.