I'm looking to reseed some high traffic and sparse areas of some paddocks. These paddocks are mostly used for dog training. I live in the rockies where everything seems to grow at a snails pace. Summers can be pretty dry. The soil is mostly crushed granite. I have a tow behind aerator waiting to be assembled. I see that we have several days of rain in the forecast. I'm trying to figure the most efficient way of getting the seed down and fertilized. If I take the time to assemble the aerator so that I can aerate the soil, I may miss having the seed down for the rains. Is aerating after the seed is down effective? I plan on broadcasting the seed by hand. Then how do people go about fertilizing small areas? I have lots of manure but no spreader. Any tricks to spreading manure without a spreader? Is manure even effective as a fertilizer? Right now I plan on carrying the manure out to the paddock with a wheelbarrow, and then raking the manure to spread it. I do plan on getting the soil tested but need to get going on this or else I'll be too late getting this done to get any benefit this year. Anyone have tips on how to get this project done most effectively. I anticipate it being labor intensive hence would like decent results.