A few years ago I bought an old house and this year is the year to get the yard in order. May Dad though he was doing a good thing and went out in the yard and raked last week. He thought he would rake up the dead grass. I went out today and I see that he raked down to bare dirt in huge sections. I don't know if the grass just does, or the grown was too wet (I am in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts) and he just pulled everything up. Does anyone know if it is too early for grass seed? Also, does anyone have any ideas on how to keep the birds from eating all the seed? The neighbor's trees are filled with sparrows and I just didn't want to create a buffet for them.