How to bring dead grass back to life and revive your garden

Rake out moss and thatch to revive the lawn
Rake out moss and thatch to revive the lawn Credit: age fotostock / Alamy

Every week, Telegraph gardening expert Helen Yemm gives tips and advice on all your gardening problems whether at home or on the allotment. If you have a question, see below for how to contact her.


Bring the lawn back to life

My once-stripy greensward has, following near-desert conditions, the surface texture and colour of a loofah. Only deep-rooted weeds and coarse grasses have managed to survive. Will the turf really be restored once our customary Devon monsoon arrives? Or must I scrape the surface 
 off and returf it?

Loris Goring – via email

This touch of reader hyperbole brightened up the August dog days in my inbox no end. Severe though the effects of this worryingly long drought have...

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