I don't live in an area where very many people pride themselves on beautiful lawns, although some do, and I don't suppose I'd mind having a beautiful lawn. But I'd be satisfied having grass rather than moss and bare spots in the lawn. Clover is fine. Plantain is fine. I'd rather not have so many dandelions, however. I suppose I could do a soil analysis, but that's fancier than I had in mind. My house sits on land that was reportedly underwater more than a hundred years ago when the mill filled it in with coal ash, then covered it with a few inches of topsoil. However, we had a full lawn when we bought the place in 2000. One section of the back lawn stays soggy for a while after a large rain, but I have been filling that in, little by little, with compost. I used to haul it from the townsite, but now I make my own. Nearly every year, I have been spreading compost over the lawn, along with whatever topsoil or potting soil might be left over after gardening operations, in an attempt to build up the soil. The lawn wasn't a well manicured, perfect lawn when we moved in but, over the years, it got worse. About ten years ago, I spread some lime on the lawn after my neighbor told me it needed lime, and that did a great job of killing large patches of it, some of which still haven't grown back in. Clearly, that was a mistake. Weeds wouldn't even grow there. I ended up digging up some of that soil and replacing it with new topsoil, but it still hasn't recovered from the lime experiment. Of course, it wasn't in great shape before that, which is why I tried the lime. For a couple of years, we were up north during the spring, summer, and fall. When we returned, moss had taken the place of the grass in much of the lawn. I could even live with the moss, except that it turns a reddish-brown in late-summer. I dug as much of that up as I could three years ago, replacing it with a mixture of topsoil and compost, then reseeded it. The grass grew well throughout the summer and fall, but very little of it survived the winter. I forget what type of grass I used but it was something that was supposed to grow well here. I reseeded it again, using way more seed than I had the previous year, and a few different types of grass. More of it survived the winter than the previous crop, but moss is coming back in parts of the yard. This year, we have a lot more clover than we've had before, and I haven't planted clover. A yard full of clover would be okay with me, but the clover isn't growing where the moss is. The moss is growing in what had been a depressed area of the backyard but I have filled it in so that it's even with the rest of the yard. We are having a lot of rain this year, but that's not unusual. I am getting some interesting weeds in the side yard, thanks to the bird feeder. That yard actually looks the nicest.