Got a call to do a lawn reno., only the front yard(40 x 50ft). None of the local rental places carry a slit seeder so I was wonder what the next best approach would be. My plan is to mow short, kill existing lawn, 2way aerate, thatch/dethach, and seed/starter fertilizer. Debating on light covering with straw or cow manure...do I need to do this. The house is newer construction which probably didn't get any quality topsoil added after the rough grade.....go figure. Any help or tips would be appreciated. All the houses in this place are like this. If I can establish this lawn....more work to come. What price would you charge for this? I'm thinking 1200 roughly, depending what all I need to do.