Answer: Since the leaves have probably decomposed over the winter, your plan to put topsoil down, plant seeds and then lightly cover with soil or compost is a good one. I wouldn't put down straw - just compost or topsoil will be fine. Grass seeds germinate fastest when the soil is warm (70F) but they will also germinate at soil temperatures of 50F. It will just take a little longer. Best wishes with your turf!
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