My parents bought a new house a couple years ago, but I was away at school and I wasn't able to help them take care of the lawn, so they pretty much haven't touched it for two years other than mowing the lawn. My parents wanted to get landscapers, but since I'm going to be back home now, I wanted to try to do it myself and save them some money. The only problem is that I'm totally new to lawn care, other than mowing the lawn. So far, all I have done is dethatch the lawn this past weekend. The grass is pretty thin, and it is about 50% green and 50% brown. From what I have read, I was thinking I would aerate, reseed, then fertilize the lawn. Thoughts? When reseeding, first, I don't know what kind of grass to get, and second, I don't really know what the process is... I've read that I should cut the grass short, spread the seed, then............... Some places have said to cover new seed with some clear plastic until the new grass comes in, but we have a pretty big lawn, so does that mean I have to cover the whole lawn with plastic? Another place said to use a roller to push it into the dirt, and I think that would be a more plausible solution... Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!