Answer: Yes, you need to loosen the soil to encourage rooting, add a little organic matter such as compost, and rake to provide a fine, level seedbed. Good quality grass seed -- also fresh seed dated for this year -- is definitely important. You also need to assure good contact between the seed and soil (you can roll it or try tamping with a board or flat side of the hoe over a smallish area), cover with a light sprinkling of clean straw to shade it a bit and help keep it from drying out, water gently as needed to keep the soil moist until it germinates. Good luck!
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