I recently did a lawn renovation where I used a dethatcher to remove years of compacted grass clippings that caused dead spots in their lawn. Do you guys normally leave the pulled up vegetation or remove it by either mowing it or bagging it before overseeding and fertilizing. I seed using a broadcast spreader. Would aerating have solved the problem of compacted vegetation as well as the dethatcher as well. From all of the posts I have read, it seems aerating does the work that a dethatcher does too.