Hey guys, I've removed all the english ivy (and weeds) that were growing in my yard. Now I'm looking to start a new lawn. What do I need to do? Thus far, I have purchased a pH soil tester, starter fertilizer and a sun/shade mix of seed since I do have a mixture of both in my yard. What steps do I need to take? 1) test the soil? 2) rent a rototiller? (Will a power rake work too?) (Can I use a regular steel rake?) 3) put the fertilizer down? 4) put seed down? 5) cover seeds with straw? (I have a compost bin with old leaves that's been sitting in it for at least 2-3 years now. Not much has broken down into compost, why? Is pete moss better than straw? 6) Water twice daily? I live in Maryland and not far from a state park; I mention because it seems I see a LOT of different types of birds in the yard (not necessarily combing through the grass though). I do want to protect the seeds. Please help.