Posted: 19/04/2015 at 18:27
Welcome Laura, you will find the people on here friendly and forthcoming with advice. Cats sorry but this is an ongoing question to which there seems to be no permanent answer, my way was to get a Westie, he saw them off. The lawn, if you cannot see any mess then it was probably cleaned up. The weather is dry so walking on the lawn will not harm it. A sprinkler hose used a couple of times a week will wash anything lingering down. Cut the grass not too low several times and use a feed and weed fertilise, if the weather is dry wash it in with a hose, wait six weeks and do it again.
The muddy patch may need investigation, normally a hedge will suck up moisture and leave it dry so something not right. Sit in you garden and watch the sun, where does it rise, which way does it move, where does it set. Are there any shaded bits from the house trees or that hedge. You need to know for future planting.
A quick way to get colour is using pots or containers, a couple of bags of compost, some bedding plants, fill a pot and place in your eye line from the house or sitting area.
Neighbours? Not much you can do about them apart from make friends and discuss mutual problems. Half the complaints on the board are about neighbours. Good luck do not be afraid to ask.