I have moved into my cookie cutter house in august 06 and until this year have not really had much time to tend to my lawn. Like most people I have sod in the front and side yards and seed in the back yard. my biggest problem is in the fenced in back yard I have clay soil that even a week after a heavy rain the clay in my back yard at the back of the yard is soggy and holds water really bad. I have 3 siberian huskys that like to run and play and just make a huge mud pit (if i would let them). I was hoping to deal with the clay first before trying to deal with the muddy part. Somewhere i saw about throwing a small amount of sand on the ground where you have clay and over time it will help but i think it also said you should plug your ground first. i am sure that if i aerated the soil my dogs would just have fun with all the plugs that i didnt get removed and my wife would kill me. does the sand work without the aeration? this weekend im going to compost my whole yard because the owners before me used synthetic fert and i have a problem with thatch.