I take great pride in my lawn and have invested much money and much of my own time and effort into getting to look as best as possible. I have tried all of the local professionals that I am aware of (Lawn Doctor, TruGreen, Scotts) but all they want to do is dump chemicals in my lawn and try to sell me more stuff that I don't want. What I really want them to do is to tell me what is wrong with the problem areas of my lawn...the problem spots they keep dumping chemicals on with no imporvement...and come up with a plan to improve those areas. I also want them to rid my lawn of "most" weeds. They all fall down on the weed irradication when it comes to edges like along the driveway and when it comes to Nutsedge. I don't mind spending the money (within reason) but I want results for the money I spend. I have decided to ditch all of the so called pro's for next season and try to handle it myself. The immediate advise I need is on the following items: - We put a pool in last year and finally have the yard ready to reseed those areas that were torn up in that process. I have tried Rebel seed in the past and have had some results with it but given the fact that we do not have a sprinkler system and we have periods of no rain at times, looking for something that may hold up a little better. In my research so far, I am considering trying Pennington Smart Seed. Any feedbakc on this selection? Of particular concern is the septic lines in the yard. Grass on either side of the lines is deep green and is some of the thickest in the yard but on top of the lines is thinner and turns brown easy during drought periods. - What is the best way to control Nutsedge? Should I not worry about this to next season or is there something I should apply now that will help control it next season? - The grass in my yard is Tall Fescue, what should I be putting on the lawn to winterize it and give it the best jump start for the next season? - One of the trouble spots in my lawn is around some of my trees. I have a mulched bed of 6ft diameter around my trees and the grass around some of the trees is showing mower distress and is becoming thin. I keep my mower deck at 3 to 3.5 inches year round.