a terraced house... I desperately need to aerate the lawn and would like to do a few other, semi-heavy duty things at the same time.
How on earth do I get gardeners/equipment in and out of the garden? Through the house? I don't know if I can cope with muddy boots trudging back and forth through the (carpeted, argh) house! Not to mention that a backhoe just will not fit.
Is your garden very big? When I lived in a terraced house the garden was small enough to have done just about anything I wanted with a strong man and a spade. The house next door completely dug up their garden and had hard landscaping done and they didn't use much in the way of heavy equipment.
You can buy heavy-duty sticky-backed plastic stuff to cover carpets and floors if you do have burly men in muddy boots traipsing through the house.