So this may be a long post, but I want to make sure I get all the needed information in to it. I am a new home owner as of last May. KGB sod was installed in mid June due to the wet spring, and did well at first. Nothing was done to the soil for prep work other than to grade, level, and drag it prior to installing the sod. I kept it watered and it rooted well with one exception. I was out of town for a week on business in late July and my wife failed to water the yard at all for 7 days when temps were 85+ for the whole period. When I got back the grass was dry, brittle, and grayed. I kept the water on it for a week after that and it mostly came back. My lot is .21 acres, and the gass area is ~6,000 sq ft. I always mow high, usually 3", and try to mow every 4-5 days when possible so that I am not taking off too much of the blade at any one time. I always mulch the grass back in to the lawn. I try to water deeply once a week to promote deep roots, keep my mower blade as sharp as possible, etc. As far as treatments go I aerated, overseeded, top dressed with 1/4" compost, and applied ironite in the fall. And used a spectracide crab grass killer treatment last summer as well. I put down Milorganite mid-April once the soil temps started to come up this spring, and have been trying to read as much as possible. I didn't realize the importance of a soil test previously and just sent on out this week to see what I have. I want to try and use as little synthetic fert/herbicide as possible(preferably none). I do not consider myself a tree hugger, I just feel that I can do my part to help out, ya know? I try to pull any weeds I see when mowing, and have done well keeping the yard as weed free as possible. I do have a few questions/concerns though. It seems that the grass set seed quite a bit this spring. Would that have been a result of being overstressed from the hard week with no water? I love my wife, so I didn't make it a big issue with her, but I thought I was going to lose the yard. Or is it inidicative of a lower quality sod? Prior to this week, it rained almost every day for what seemed like two weeks. I started noticing some browning on leaves in the yard. Is this due to the ground being saturated for almost two weeks? Is it the stalks of the seed heads turning brown Just worried that it could be something that I would want to get out in front of. Towards the end of the wet period I had what seemed like 4-5 different types of mushrooms popping up around the yard? Good/bad? It would seem to indicate lots of soil microbes, yes? Also, I have noticed a vast increase in worms over last year also. Because I have a corner lot about 75% of the yard was sodded. I plan on renovating the non-sod area this fall and placing in sod. I will be renting a till, till in compost and topsoil, etc so that the sod back there doesn't have as much of a fight as the front and sid yards do. What would be the best time frame for this? I am thinking mid-September to put it down so that it is after the heat of summer, but still has enough time to acheive some good root growth prior to the first freeze/cold snap. Also, this fall when I aerate and top dress with compost I want to overseed with some quality KBG seed. I was thinking a 1-1-1 blend of Midnight, Boutique, and Bewitched. Am I out in left field? I want to have one of the nicest lawns around, and I am willing to put in the work to get it done. Just wanted to see from the professionals that I am not doing anything compeltely stupid. Thanks for taking the time to read my novel.