Hi. I really do not know anything about lawn care and just recently became interested in it when the snow melted and I saw how terrible my lawn looked. I have a few questions about what I plan to do to improve my lawn and most of them deal with fertilizer. But first, you probably need a little information about the current state of my yard to answer my questions. I live in Ohio and my lawn is currently Kentucky Bluegrass. The grass growth on my lawn is very spotty and there is mud seperating little patches of grass. My goal is to have my entire yard thickly covered in grass by summer and have the best looking lawn on the street. After doing some research, I have come to the conclusion that I should stick with Kentucky Bluegrass as it is best suited for the climate I live in and the results I want. Now, to the questions. First, what brand of seed should I buy? I was thinking of going with Scotts Kentucky Bluegrass Seed and mixing Scotts Premium Shady Grass Seed (a mix of Fine Fescue, Kentucky Bluegrass, and Perennial Ryegrass) with it in the few shady areas of my yard as I know they carry it at my local hardware store. Is there a better brand for the money than Scotts? Second, I know I probably need some kind of starter fertilizer. What is the best kind of starter fertilizer? There is one restriction with the starter fertilizer, however. I have 2 dogs so it must be pet friendly. If you can, try to give me the name of a brand. Third, do I need to make any preparations before spreading the seed other than the starter fertilizer? Should I put soil down over the muddy areas? Should I simply rake the muddy areas to loosen up the dirt? Also, is it necessary to cover the seed with hay? Fourth, what is the best kind of fertilizer to use once I have the grass growing? It also must be pet friendly. Thanks for any help you can give me.