Lawn in Need of Complete Overhaul
I recently moved into a rowhouse in Washington DC, which has a very long, narrow backyard. It appears that the lawn has never been cared for - it is overrun with clover and weeds. The ground is very compacted - so much so that there are areas that feel like solid rock.
Being a new homeowner and having a yard for the first time, I am a bit at a loss as to where to even start to bring this yard back to health. How should I soften up the earth for grass to thrive? Should I use grass seed or sod? At what point should I do something about the weeds (clover, etc.)?
I'm sorry if there have been many postings like this already - the whole process is a bit overwhelming to me since I've never cared for a lawn before. Any advice is appreciated!