I just accepted a call to grow grass on 1200 sq. ft. of new topsoil. No existing grass at all, strictly bare soil in a shady lawn environment... This area is currently under pine needles and a few deciduous trees that haven't finished dropping yet... So I'm thinking that in a couple of weeks I would blow off the leaves, till the ground and rake in the red fescue/KBG shade seed mix. Nothing will be geminating in Nov. around here... What do others do in these last minute situations?