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Worm casts. Best thing you could have for your garden lawn.
You need to get better drainage in your lawn by aerating it. This will reduce the moss. After that it will need scarifying and then put some lawn moss killer on.
If you find the worm casts unsightly wait till they dry out just sweep it in.
the moss means you have poor drainage. The worm casts mean that worms are burrowing through your soil, and helping the drainage. It will all look better when it warms up, and you have cut the grass a couple of times.
If its any consolation, my lawn currently looks like a disaster zone,the birds are taking moss for nests, but it will be fine by summer for when we want to sit on it.
And feed the grass. Moss prefers a poor soil and grass likes a richer one.
The better the drainage on the lawn, the less likely you are to see worms casts. The worms do this to help aerate their tunnels to prevent themselves from drowning but don't need to do that in well drained soil.
Improving the drainage can be done quite simply - spike the lawn over with a fork or aerator - info here http://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/article/Take-Action-to-Aerate-Waterlogged-Lawn-or-Garden-2723859.php
As for lawn feed, in April you can use something like this http://www.diy.com/nav/garden/garden-care-watering/lawn-care/lawn_feed___weed_control/-brand-Evergreen
which will kill moss and weeds while feeding the grass. Follow the instructions carefully
After that, regular mowing, at least once a week in the summer, but not too short, will really improve the lawn.
If you're lucky enough to get starlings in your garden, they'll do the drainage work for you in their search for daddy long leg larvae.
You can actually use Growmore to feed your grass. Or that awful Chicken stuff is just as good. They both provide a good all round feed, unlike many of the special lawn feeds which give a high nitrogen boost to make the grass look green quickly so you think the fertiliser is working.