Our yard is a mess. It's not quite as bad as it was when we moved in, but that's largely due to the fact we're not currently in a drought - not anything we've done. There are large patches of dirt, and the green that is growing is weeds, not grass.
However, a lot time ago we decided it wasn't our priority. I was going to put some analogy here that my boss used on me yesterday about not tying the laces of the shoe before taking it off or something, but it made way more sense when he said it, than me trying to remember it now. Anyway the point is, our whole property needs work, and that work will only dig up the lawn more. So I've decided we'll live with a non yard for a few years while we get everything else done first.