Posted: 05/05/2017 at 14:18
Yes - loosen the soil up a good bit to create a better medium for the seed. It does look very solid. You could add a bit of sieved soil or some compost over the top as well, and add a bit more seed - raking it into the loosened soil. The gently compact it by walking over it. Rollers are rarely good as they just compact the soil totally. A really thorough watering is what's needed - if you have a soaker hose, or sprinkler, leave that on an area for at least half an hour or more, then move it to the next area. Do that once a week or thereabouts, depending on weather conditions.
Keeping your cut a bit higher is always better if there's not a lot of growth. Don't cut it unnecessarily. It has been very dry everywhere, even up here, and if it's cold as well, the grass isn't growing as readily as it normally would at this time of year.