Got a call today from a potential customer wanting a new lawn installed. This would be my first. Just had this house built last year, and never had a lawn put in. Customer says that it has been graded. I have not seen this place yet, but I am assuming its not that greatly graded. I brought up the idea of sod, but he doesnt want to go really expensive so were going the seed route. Tell me how this sounds as far as my plan of attack.........using a bobcat with a harley rake......regrade the area to get rid of rocks and other debris........put down a layer of composted soil (what do you guys recommend as a good depth for the compost soil.) Re grade the area once more with the harley rake. Now I would assume apply the seed at a rate of 5-8lbs/1000 sqft........I am going to be using ky bluegrass. Then rake the seed in using hand rakes. After this apply a good starter fertilizer and then cover with straw. Tell if this sounds about right, or if i should change it at all. Also, what type of starter fertilizer should I use. I want something that is going to prevent crabgrass and other bl weeds since this will be planted in the spring sometime (i use JDL fyi when telling me a fert) When I was talking to the customer, he was saying that he can get the topsoil for free, however; I doubt this is good composted topsoil thats going to produce a healthy lawn. Any help would be appreciated.