My neighbor's yard was dug up to remove tree stump. Tree company covered with poor quality soil and seeded in July, but it was hot and neighbor did not water at all, so no response. He agreed (thanks neighbor) to let me experiment with seed and soil prep on Sept 5, 2011. Not watered, and no rain until rain started at about 3 weeks, when the first sprouts emerged. Seed sown was Scotts "Classic" (28 percent rye, plus cheap blue and fine fescue). Plots were 24 inches wide and about 8 feet long. Treatment 4 is easy to spot; it had seed, fertilizer, raked in, and mulched with grass clippings. Just to its right is treatment 3; looks best; it had 4 times usual seed rate, 2 times fert rate and raked-in. To the right of number 3 is number two, seed, fert and not raked-in--poor germination. To the left of the clippings-mulched strip is a treatment with fertilizer omitted, and then left of that, fert, seed, raked-in treated 24 hours later with Razorburn(glyphosate, diquat)(notice the dead weeds); almost no germination. Photos were taken about 2 days apart. About Sept 24, 27, and 30th.