I've scanned through several pages of topics and searched for info and now I need to ask some questions... I hope you all can give me some answers. First, the background. We've just moved North Carolina and we're on a 1 acre lot with grass on three sides of the house and a bit of wooded area. Grass appears to be a Fescue and green. The lawn appears to have some moisture/drainage issues maybe? The soil in the back is often wet and spongy. I've got a lot of costs because we are first time home owners and we've discovered there are a lot of things we need, so money is important. I need a mower and I'm thinking push rather than riding. I can try and get measurements if it will help, but it's a big U shape around the house. Maybe 20' wide in the front and back and 40-50' on the side. The previous owner had a riding mover. I see all the landscapers doing neighbors yards with push mowers and I'm still thinking that's the way to go. I see that home depot has some older Harmony II HRR216's on clearance and I was thinking that may be a good starter mower? They are self propelled, 3 speed, 21", mulching mower. I've seen one review here that was mostly positive and some member's footers that list the Harmony II. So, I'm guessing that these mowers may be good. Anyone got a reason to stay away from this mower? I'm going to have to reseed and fertilize, so I'll be needed a seeder/spreader. Again, I'm new, so the stupid question... can one unit be used to seed and fertilize? I've been told to stay away from broadcast spreaders as they don't give good coverage and the lay down ones do a better job. But around here I see lots of talk about broadcast spreaders. What's the best option for maintaining a lawn? Remeber I don't have a lot of cash so it will most likely be a $40 scotts spread for the time being. Lastly drainage.... Like I said above the lawn can be mosit, it's been wet a lot this winter (we're in a drout) and the lawn keeps moisture, no pooling, but spongy ground. Mushrooms have cropped up in places. The downspouts drain into corrugated pipe in the front of the house. All I can tell is the pipe goes somewhere under the yard. Can this be creating a huge cavern that will sink in at some point? Is there a way I can figure out where these go? In the back the water drains to a cement splash blocks at the end of one there's a huge hole from the errosion. I want to avoid creating more big holes so I was thinking about other ways to get water away from the foundation. We've got kids too so I don't want some big pipe sitting across the lawn. I saw some attachments that unroll and spread the water out. Do these work well and could someone recommend one? Sorry for all the questions but I hope you can direct me. If there's a topic here I missed that would cover this stuff could someone point me in that direction? Thanks in advance.