I have a small front garden (photo) that was not well looked after and I want to change that. This summer I would like to have lush green grass and I am prepared to do whatever you suggest. I am not a gardener but I would like to develop an interest in the garden. Where do I start?
First list what you have and make a rough map, to scale if possible.
Then list all the things you would like and prioritize them.
Then try to match the needs to the garden, choosing ares for broders , trees, shrubs and flowers.
Make a plan and take it piecemeal.
If you go to the Garden Design pages, there are the basic considerations.
For maintenance, go to Lawns, Flowers and Tree and Shrubs in How to grow.