Often a lawn can be a “statement” to your home. It does, however, need to be used and fit for purpose. Most lawns will have defects (lulls) along with clover, daisies and broadleaf weeds. The traffic on a daily basis will also determine how tough it needs to be. A person may annually treat to ensure its health and vigour is maintained although weeds are dispersed by the second, so very hard to keep in abeyance.
Often the aspect – is it in full sun or partial shade – is the seed fit for purpose – do the cold winds prevail. The soil – is it free draining, does it dry out – is it sandy – is it heavy, clay based. The drainage – does it get water/logged. All these factors will determine its success.
Unless its an amenity lawn (Bowling green, sports space) its not hugely important if you want to use it. Grass that is not level can raised by sand or additional soil. Imperfections can be made more attractive by the naturalisation of bulbs or wild flowers. Parks especially adopt this due to costs and logistical reasons. Drifts of Bluebells, Daffodils, Crocuses are used for this purpose. Bluebells and Crocuses do well in shade, so they are very versatile. Another alternative to sprucing up an area of grass is to incorporate wild flowers. Seed packets of a mixture can be bought or alternatively you may decide to plant your own using colours or tones of your liking.
All to be done after they are spent is allow seed heads to disperse for the following year, the bulbs will do this for themselves. The only thing the bulbs will ask of you is to allow the goodness to return to the storage organ. Often several weeks after the foliage will sag, this a good indication that they can be cut down.
Self seeded flora can be seen as weeds, those that have blown from adjoining spaces can be considered a pain. However, the plethora of colour that can be achieved naturally is amazing, there is now colour where otherwise there would have been none.
Buttercup (Creeping and Bulbous)
Stonecrop (succulent so can be used as ground cover and in rockeries)
Fritillary (Snakes Head)
Snowdrops (unfortunately short-lived)
White Rock Rose
Lord and Ladies