These instructions are for renovating a level lawn that's in a sorry state of repair. If you're starting from scratch, our instructions for establishing a new lawn are probably what you need. And if you just want to look after an existing lawn, see our maintenance and overseeding tips.
Some lawns have been so badly maintained, they look like they need a complete renewal. Don't worry, if your lawn's on level ground you may not have to dig it up and start again.
The 'no-dig' approach is a much less labour-intensive method that's becoming popular in other areas of gardening. So long as your lawn is flat and level, it's an easier way to sort out the weeds and bare patches.