How do you beat the heat in summer? What are your tactics? We asked several Master Gardeners and this is what they said.
Susan Swinson says: Long sleeves and pants for the mosquitoes. I like the fabric in hiking pants. It’s pretty cool and wicks moisture. Hat and sunglasses of course and towel for mopping up. Enormous insulated glass of iced tea with a lid that I keep in the shade. If I’m working in the backyard I rig up a big fan with extension cord.
Lisa Centala: A hat and sunscreen are the first wave of defense! One way I stay cool is to drape a wet, cold cloth around my neck. I keep a couple to change them out and roll some ice in the towel if it’s really hot.
Jim Dempsey: Never go out into the heat without a good wide brim hat.
Cindy Bicking: I try to get out early in the morning and get “finished” for the day by 10 a.m. If I have a lot to do, I keep to the shaded areas as much as possible. I also set a timer for 15-20 minutes and then go inside for about the same amount of time. That’s when I drink my water. Also, try to wear a hat. If it’s dry enough, I mow in the morning while it is cool. Otherwise, I wait until just before dark. Use bug repellent.
Also, I sometimes wander about for a few minutes and pull weeds, trim a littler here and there.