During the hot, dry summer months, a layer of mulch in the garden keeps soil and plant roots cool and bird baths keep our feathered friends hydrated. But how can we protect ourselves from the heat while working in the garden? Here are some tips.
Adjust your schedule
Perform garden chores in the morning and evening when temperatures are cooler and the sun is less intense. Work in the shaded areas of your yard during the warmer part of the day.
Take hydration breaks
Gardening in the summer can be sweaty work. Take breaks in the shade to cool down and drink water regularly to rehydrate.
Dress for success
Wear loose-fitting clothing made of natural, breathable materials such as cotton or linen. Select light-coloured fabrics that reflect light and heat. A wide-brimmed hat will protect your face, head, neck, and ears from the sun.
Plant a tree
Mature trees provide refreshing shade. They cool the surrounding air through a process called transpiration where they release water vapour through their leaves. If you don’t have a shade tree in your yard, consider planting one (or more) in the fall.