An apartment owner we do full service for (5 difference properties, all good size) had us do a project for them last year. On the south side of one of her apartments she had sod installed last year. I know who installed it and know the kind of crap job they did -big gaps in the seams -no offset in the seems -poor soil prep, if any This past year we had a nasty summer, real lack of water. She may have watered a bit but the sod eventually dried up and i can't imagine much is coming back this year. Much of it was barely rooted in. This past fall we raked out SOME of the old thatch/sod, not all, topdressed with high quality soil/compost, seeded and lightly raked it in. Well late in the fall and still had crap germination of the new seed. My guess would be not watering but she swears she did. Funny thing was that we did the same for her sons house and had a great response. Well we have her again this season on 1 condition, that we get grass to grow in this area! Thats fine, im salaried and take this as a learning experience and I love this kind of project. As soon as spring comes we will get going. Now that you have the background on this property heres my question. "How would you tackle this task?" My original thought would be to aerate and over seed. Possibly powerrake prior to. Then I found out today my dad ordered a Slit-seeder so my plans have changed. Im thinking Aerate twice over followed by slit seeding twice over at the deepest setting to break through the thatch.(Pretty thick, basically dead sod) What are your opinions? Smallaxe I always enjoy your comments!