Originally Posted by JayN
I currently have an acre for my backyard. Right now due to the rainy season it is just mud. Is now a good time to lay down grass seeds? When is the best time? Should I do anything first, like fertilizer, or since the ground is so wet do I need to do anything?
It isn't a good idea to try to start a lawn in waterlogged soil. The seeds will usually just rot. Once your soil drys out, you'll have much better results.
As to what you need to do, below is a link to the website of the California State Extension Service:
Agriculture and Natural Resources - University of California
This website will tell you how to contact your local County Extension Service where you can get detailed advice that is specific to your local area. I don't know if the budget cutbacks have restricted their services, but (when I lived further south than Redding) they used to provide a service that would test your soil and tell you if any additives are necessary. They also provide advice on the best seed to use and how to prepare the seed bed.