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  1. If all the grass has died, your best options are to lay down new sod, or re-seed your lawn. Either way you'll want to remove any weeds, loosen up the soil (with a metal rake or rototiller, depending on the quality of your soil), amend the soil with compost, then lay down your sod or seed depending on which method you choose. If more than 50 percent but not all of the lawn has died, you'll need to reseed. If less than 50 percent of the lawn has died, you can over-seed by broadcasting grass seeds to the thin areas in your lawn.

    Whether over-seeding or re-seeding, you can simplify your steps by mixing the compost with the grass seeds, then evenly distribute the seed/compost mix over the prepared bare areas. Cover the newly seeded area with a 1/8 to 1/4 inch layer of commercial seedling potting mix or light compost. The key is to create a good seed-to-soil contact. Finally, water the area thoroughly and keep the seed bed slightly moist at all times until seedlings establish themselves.

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