The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Or in my case, the neighbors yard. This picture is off the property line. We were in a drought and had not gotten rain in 22 plus days. My lawn is crispy. I walked in the back yard to fill the bird feeders and my footsteps broke the grass. I have done everything to improve the lawn like my neighbors but it comes down to the fact that I have no decent top soil and the ground is sandy.
The only way to correct this is bring in a ton of dirt and replant the whole yard. That will not happen this year.