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To organically go all out and fix a lawn, here is what you do:
When the weather is mild: fall or spring
Dethatch it, with a machine or aggressive raking.
Aerate it, by machine or if it's a small space stab it many times with a pitchfork all over.
Spread and rake in compost/composted manure.
Add an organic fertilizer (a balanced one added according to the label, or have a soil test done first and find out what it needs really).
Spread grass seed, something appropriate to the area that needs little watering.
Water a couple times a day until the new grass is established.
Mow weekly once established.
Gosh, THANKS!! That seems like a pretty good plan.
Does dethatching mean getting up all the matted dead grass??
We wont have any 'mild' weather for quiet some time, does this mean I have to wait until next year to do it?