I live in Indianapolis and I have some spots around a patio I put down some topsoil to fill in some ruts. I regraded around the patio and seeded in the fall. Needless to say, I have a big spot where the seed didn't come up very well. The yard is soft as can be from all the rain we've had and I want to put straw down so my dog can run around the entire yard without coming in without being a big mess. I'd like to seed it before I cover the top of it up with straw. Will it be a waste of seed to put it down before the ground freezes? I will definitely put down crabgrass preventative down for next year and will ask them to leave those areas alone so I can try to get the grass to fill in during the spring. My understanding is that with the crabgrass preventative down, I won't get grass to grow in those areas. I don't want to have to worry about the ground being really soft and muddy all summer if it's bare. Thanks for any info you could give me.