I bought a house in December from an elderly gentleman and from the looks of it the lawn was neglected over the last few years. I'm located in WV and now that the snow is gone and the temps are warming up I'd like to attempt to get the lawn in respectable shape. I know I probably won't be able to make a huge impact on it this year but I'd like to try my best. I took this picture in December before the snow came and it was apparent that the owner never raked the fallen leaves from this past fall (1/2 acre lot bordered on 2 sides by woods). After the February snow storms it looked like the leaves were plastered down against the lawn and after the snow melted and the lawn dried out some I raked the entire lawn in order to get the matted leaves off the turf. in doing this I discovered several issues I'll need to address. The owner had some pine trees (as shown in the pic) that left a very thick mat of needles where absolutely no grass was growing. I plan on cutting the trees down this summer if I can. I also discovered there are a couple of different types of grass used on the lawn. some is the greener stuff in the foreground and the other is a thinner blade that's dormant looking (grass closer to the trees). I've also noted a few patches of early crabb grass. Mostly growing in the thiner brown grass near the trees. So long story short, where do I start? Should I reseed everything? Fertilize? Use a grubb killer. I know there are some mole mounds and maybe vole tracks that were present under the month long blanket of deep snow. Raking the entire yard with a rake acted as a very light thaching (I was pretty rough on it and agressive). I live in a country setting so I burned the leaves and yard thatch/debris for two consecutive nights. There was a lot. I'm wondering if I should use the Scott's Turf Builder with Halts which is supposed to be applied in early spring. (although quite expensive) Or maybe something else. Just looking for some guidance. I don't expect this summers lawn to look great, but I'd like to maybe put myself into a position to have a nice lawn in 2011. Any tips pointers?