Lawn care company worker

The COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving, and with four different governments making announcements on a near-daily basis, you can perhaps be forgiven if you've lost track of the current rules for your part of the UK.

A lot of people - including both lawn care professionals and the homeowners who require their services - don't seem to know whether lawn care companies are allowed to continue working right now. Let's take a look at the latest rules (as of 20th November 2020) and what they mean for your lawn.

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Sandy soil is made up of large soil particles that don't stick together very well. It has a gritty texture, and is especially common in coastal regions.

Sandy soil

Image source: Wikimedia Commons

As with all types of soil, sandy soil has both its benefits and its drawbacks. Let's start with the positive stuff...

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Bonfire Night (5th November) is fast approaching, and with large gatherings still prohibited due to COVID-19, you may be wondering whether you're allowed to build a bonfire in your back garden in lieu of attending a public Guy Fawkes celebration.

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Lawn grass

Overseeding means adding new seeds to your lawn in order to boost the thickness of the grass.

It's a good idea to do this occasionally - keeping your grass thick and healthy will make it more difficult for weeds, moss and other growths to take over your lawn. Densely-grassed lawns are also more resistant to drought.

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Rain on window

Too much rain can be damaging for any lawn (see How to Repair Rain Damage to Lawns), but wet weather is particularly bad news for newly-laid turf.

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We were recently called out to repair a lawn in Wenvoe, Vale of Glamorgan. The owner had attempted to scarify their own lawn, but the results were less than satisfactory - when we arrived, the grass was bare, patchy, and in need of a thorough makeover.

Lawn before and after top dressing

The lawn in Wenvoe before (left) and after (right) treatment by Lawn & Weed Expert

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Puppy on small lawn

It's nice to have an outdoor space to call your own. Even a relatively small garden can be a source of much pride and enjoyment!

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Lawn weeds

If you want to keep your lawn in immaculate condition all year round, you'll need to keep an eye out for weeds. As we've discussed previously on this blog, the definition of 'weeds' is somewhat subjective, but essentially, any plant that's growing where it isn't supposed to may be considered a weed.

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Watering grass with a hose

SHORT ANSWER: Mature lawns generally do not need to be watered during the autumn months. Newly-laid turf must be watered regularly.

Grass is a very resilient plant. A hot, dry summer may leave your lawn looking rather the worse for wear - patches of yellow or brown grass are a common sight by the end of August - but it should recover quickly once the autumn rains arrive.

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Red thread grass

Red thread is a fungal lawn disease that frequently affects UK lawns. It is especially prevalent in late summer and autumn, when humidity levels are high.

If you've spotted those telltale red threads amongst the grass in your garden, don't panic - this disease can be fought! An application of fungicide should do the trick, although it may take a few weeks for your lawn to fully recover.

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