I have a sunny area, 15X30", where the grass has totally died off with only a few tuffs of brown still remaining in the soil. This area has been reseeded several times over the last ten years. I believe a large contributing factor was dog urine, a large female. My dog has since passed away. I have had a soil sample done. I have never had it tilled before seeding. My thought is that I need to have some one till it. I am 70 and can't turn it over nor do I own a tiller. I would rather do it right this time.
Harford County Maryland lawn reseeding
Look at our video and our publications for turfgrass renovation and establishment options and steps for lawn renovation. If you are dealing with tree roots, you may want to use a hard rake. If you are not able to rent a machine like a verticutter or core aerator, then you may have to hire a lawn care provider to do the job for you.