First post, and I'm in dire need of advice. My Chattanooga, TN yard looks like this: - thick TN clay for soil - about 10% crabgrass - about 30% healthy fescue - about 60% brown / dead / unhealthy fescue that couldn't survive the summer because it was planted too late. It's time to fix it. All I was going to do was: 1) Areate the whole yard. 2) Put out a fall starter fertilizer. (scotts) 3) Put out the new seed across the entire yard. (rebel 3) 4) Water like crazy as appropriate. 5) Put out pre-m in the early spring. (scotts) And that's it. My questions: - I realize there are always better solutions, but as a novice on a budget, will my plan get the job done, or are there other things I should be doing? - Is it okay for me not to put out straw since I have decent bit of grass already established (albeit half of it looks dead)? - Is it okay for me to ignore those weeds and just deal with them with the pre-m in the spring? There's not a whole lot, and I'm not shooting for a *perfect* yard if they manage to stunt a little bit of growth for some of the grass. - Should I be putting out anything to treat the thick clay soil? The grass can manage in it, but if there's a cheap, easy method of treatment I should be applying, I'm all ears.