5 MIN­UTES WITH: ADAM WOODHARRY

Home Beautiful - - OUTDOORS -

HOR­TI­CUL­TUR­IST AND VICTA AM­BAS­SADOR ADAM WOODHAMS SHARES HIS EX­PERT AD­VICE ON HOW TO TRANS­FORM YOUR PATCH OF GRASS INTO A LUSH GREEN OA­SIS 1. Don’t cut grass too low While this might seem like an ob­vi­ous tip, it’s of­ten the big­gest mistake people make on their patch of turf. “Grass pro­vides shade and nat­u­ral cool­ing to the roots and soil, and longer grass will pro­vide a much softer sur­face for kids to run around on,” says Adam. 2. Mulch as you mow Run the mower in ‘mulching mode’ to make mow­ing faster and eas­ier, with no stop­ping-and­start­ing to empty the catcher. “It’s like giv­ing the lawn a light or­ganic feed ev­ery time you mow,” adds Adam. 3. Aer­ate “Per­fo­rat­ing the soil with small holes to al­low air, wa­ter and nu­tri­ents to pen­e­trate the grass roots will help them grow deeply and pro­duce a stronger, more vig­or­ous lawn,” says Adam. But be warned – lawn cor­ers (aer­a­tion ma­chines) are pricey to pur­chase, so con­sider hir­ing the equip­ment you need to get the job done be­fore sum­mer.

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