Okay, please forgive me if this subject has been done to death, but at this point, I'm desperate. My lawn appears to be dead. Last year I had it professionally fertilized, which didn't appear to help much, so I discontinued the service (yes, I watered throughout the summer). This year, my lawn just decided to croak. I usually don't cut more than 1/3 off the top, and in the middle of the summer, I watered like a madman but it never came back. Now, when you walk over the lawn, the dead grass (and tons of thatch) just kicks up behind you. You can run your foot over the "grass" and it just crumbles to pieces. Also, there is a lot of thatch on top of it. It WAS a new lawn (new home), and was sodded completely two years ago. Now, I'm trying to figure out how to start over. My wife called our local lawncare professional, and he said just drop see on top of it, even though there is a lot of thatch. It has always been my understanding that this is a VERY bad idea. When the lawn is dead, I thought you were supposed to dethatch, aerate, seed, fertilize, water (in that order). He said that dethatching and aeration isn't necessary, and that the seed will just fall into the thatch and germinate under it (I can't possibly understand HOW, but whatever). So, I have a few questions: (I live in Ohio, and my entire lawn is exposed to sun all day long, and gets scorched in the summer) 1. What type of seed should I use, given the location and direct sunlight? 2. How should I prep the lawn before seeding? 3. When exactly should I seed (early September, late September)? 4. What should I do after seeding? If I should fertilize, what fertilizer should I use? Thank you SO much for your help, everyone.