bad lawn, compost, etc. - need advice!
We have a good-sized lot - 0.80 acres, with really bad lawn. Used to be pasture, until about 3 years ago, they stripped off all the topsoil, ran over it with lots of heavy equipment, and built our house. The lawn looks about like you'd expect - thin, weedy, with big bare patches where not even weeds will grow. Soil is orange clay.
I can get a dump truck load of compost from the water treatment plant (which friends tell me did great for their lawns/gardens) for a reasonable fee. But I don't know an efficient way to spread it. This is kind of a big area for the wheelbarrow, shovel, and broom technique! Can we rent some kind of spreader?
Or is there something else that would be better to start with? I've seen folks here recommend just starting with grains, but I'm thinking that especially those bare patches may be so bad off I really need to start with compost and overseeding.
Thanks for any ideas!