I understand it's the wrong season and/or getting late but I really need to attempt a renovation. If you could critique my game-plan and maybe help with a few questions it could help immensely. The lawn is 11k sq ft in zone-7 (MD). She's 50/50 sun/shade due to 3 45 year old maples and 1 oak. Because of this and the fact the lawn was never really cared for it is 30% grass, 67% weeds and 3% moss. The soil is likely moderately compacted, not by traffic but due to a lack of aeration, grass root systems, and worms. My plan is: 1. Apply Speedzone (or Roundup) and wait two weeks. 2. Rake lawn of all moss and dead plant material (scalp if needed). 3. Distribute a few yards of top soil to fill in low spots and add a little cover to the mature tree roots which are now exposed in some spots by as much as 3". 4. Slit seed the lawn in two directions with a blend of Fescue. 5. Broadcast a starter fertilizer with Tupersan. 6. Topcover the yard with 1/4"-3/8" of Leaf-Gro. 7. Water regularly and monitor growth. In a month, if required, apply a second round of starter fert w/tupresan. Currently we are on average still in the 45-55 degree range for highs although we have seen the odd 65 and 70 degree day in the last few weeks. I'm told two or more 60+ days are required for Speedzone to be effective so if that is the case it looks like the 1st step will not take place until early next week. A question I have (if the above plan is not shot down) is should I include an aeration prior to seeding? Also, should slit seeding be performed while the soil is dry or moist. The more bare spots of the lawn tend to get very hard and crusty after just a day or two without water. Any suggestions or info you might offer would be greatly appreciated.