When we moved to Whistlewood 18 months ago we soon discovered the 'lawn' and I use the term loosely was a collection of weeds, violets, daisies, and, in winter, moss (picture above). Some investigation revealed that the lawn was sown over what had been the original driveway, and about 4 cm below the surface was gravel. When it rained the water ran off the surface and ended up on the driveway. None seemed to penetrate.
After some contemplation we decided much of the lawn would go, and be replaced by plantings of low native shrubs. The lawn being retained is an area with the lovely Weeping Mulberry at its centre. First stage of the rehabilitation was to dig up the existing lawn as much as possible, add top soil, and compost before planting.
It will be at least a year or three before we see any real results,
And in the lawn that's left, I'm encouraging the daisies.
The Weeping Mulberry, and the daisy lawn.