Posted: 08/11/2013 at 16:00
Hello LM....your garden is not a lost cause, but an opportunity to get the garden how you want it
Out of interest, how long has it taken to get all muddied up like that?
I would just start with tidying it best you can and leave it for the winter. You've probably already picked everything up, but get everything off the lawn area and bring in the garden furniture and anything that doesn't need to out there over winter, take anything that is broken or you don't need down to the dump.
The bin issue needs some thinking about, if they are likely to be a constant problem (getting blown over etc), then think how best to secure them to the wall or maybe one of those little sheds that look like old coal bunkers, maybe you can wheel them in and out.
For the grass, what best suits the family? I know there are fine grasses/ lawns that you see that are putting/ bowling greens and more hard wearing grass seed/ lawns for lawns that get more use. Or what about astro turf (probably I will get shot for suggesting that here on a gardening forum )?
Hope some of this helps, good luck.