If your garden has been giving you trouble the best way to deal with it is by tilling it or renovating it. Mistakes that you committed in the past when making your lawn should not happen when you are renovating it. If in your yard you have water that is stagnant because of the rain then you want to consider either draining it or laying a layer of gravel under the topsoil. If the problem that you are facing is because of hard baked ground, and the grass is not healthy then the best approach will be to tilling. The seeds can be planted after you are done tilling and preparing the ground. If the places that have the problem are the pathways or areas under the trees because they have gotten too compacted then you will need to loosen, cultivate and aerate the soil.
The soil aeration can be done automatically using a tool that works like a lawn mower. The aerating tool can be obtained from stores where they rent them, or you can hire small companies that have the machine, and they can come and do it for you. If you prefer working on your lawn then you can use a spading fork, and all you have to do is pull the soil back and forth so that you can enlarge the openings of the ground. When you are done aerating you can now add compost into the holes so that the ground stays aerated.
The primary cause that makes lawns not to be healthy is because the soil is not in good condition and to improve that all you need to add is add some fertilizer. Put the fertilizer in the soil regularly especially during the seasons when the grass can be able to make use of it, and this should be during the fall or spring. The fertilizer should be put in the soil using your hands or spreader and make sure you follow the instructions. In order for the compost to work you need to step back and forth so that it can be evenly distributed. The fertilizer will enter the soil uniformly if you follow this method. If the grass that was initially there does not look too healthy use put fresh grass and some compost.
If your yard is not leveled make sure that remove all the bumps. If your yard has moss it is because the drainage is not right and it’s not because of acidity in the ground like most people believe. By changing the grading and improving the waste you are going to grow a mossy lawn. Your yard is what makes your landscape to look attractive, so it always has to look good.