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It takes work, but it is not impossible to give your lawn a facelift. Follow these steps to help wake up a tired lawn: Step 1: Remove thatch and weed buildup. The best time to dethatch is in the spring or fall when your lawn is thriving. Click here for complete details. Step 2: Fill depressions and level bumps. As you dethatch your lawn (Step 1) make note of bumps and depressions and mark any irregularities with latex spray paint. Click here for complete details. Step 3: Adjust your soil’s pH. Conduct soil tests and learn what to do to correct your soil’s pH level. Click here for complete details. Step 4: Add nutrients. The results of Step 3 will determine how you fertilize your lawn. Click here for complete details. Step 5: Increase organic matter and microbes. Fertilizer is not effective without an adequate population of microbes. Click here for more details. Step 6: Aerate compacted lawns. Aeration allows grass roots to deeply penetrate the soil and for fertilizer and organic matter to reach the roots. Click here for more details. Step 7: Prepare the surface and overseed it. Choose seed that is best for your area. Click here for more details. Step 8: Take care of young plants. All your work to this point will be in vain if you do not adequately care for the young grass plants. Click here for more details. It may take two or three growing seasons, but your hard work will eventually pay off in a beautiful lawn.