I have several spots (~ 500 sqft each) that I seeded with fescue in the spring that never really seemed to take off and died (even with plenty of water). Other seeded areas did great. When I took my fertility samples it was evident that I have some very compacted soil (soil probe will go in only a 1.5-2" wet or dry. I really think that I need to add some topsoil because the way it is washing out and how poor the grass did. My question is should I aerate first then come with topsoil a few weeks later then seed? It just seems that adding topsoil would negate the benefits of aeration. However, without adding topsoil I don't think the seedlings will be able to crack the hard clay, and if they do I doubt they would last through next summer. Your comments are appreciated. Thanks!!