Posted: 15/04/2013 at 19:36
You won't have to try hard for your lawn to be better than ours LOL
When we moved here 18 months ago the lawns had been neglected for years and years - the back one has more wild flowers and herbs in it than you can shake a stick at, plus a generous helping of thatch and moss. It's also very dry because of the roots of the two big ash trees at the bottom of the garden. I've raked it and spiked it with a fork and the Under Gardener mows it as instructed, and I dose it with seaweed fertiliser - it's getting better .... slowly.
The front lawn was similarly neglected, and contains a similar mix of plantlife, plus for most of last summer it had 3 builder's skips on it. I re-seeded the bare patches last autumn and at least it all looks green now - but that's about it so far.