Back in the fall--our front lawn was a prime candidate for strolling lawn company salesmen (in fact, that's the primary reason I no longer answer my doorbell during the day!)
Our once sunny lawn had overgrown with three twenty year old trees. There was little sunlight. The soil was worn out, the grass was dead to nonexistent and we had waged war with grub worms for a few seasons. We had tried reseeding in the spring (for three seasons) with no luck. This year, we were down to one tree (the 2nd tree actually fell on the house) and it was time to try our hand at fall reseeding.
We (well, the husband) aerated the lawn, covered it with nutrient rich soil and dropped the grass seed. We didn't cover it with straw like neighbors around us--and expected that would be our downfall.
We watered (I did help with that) and waited.
Then...after months of hiding out beneath snow--this is the scene in the front yard.