With temperatures heating up in the garden this summer, we’ve put together a list of tips to help you stay cool. After all, staying cool in the summer heat will make gardening much more enjoyable!

1. Start Early

Start gardening early to beat the summer heat. Complete your hardest gardening work early in the morning before temperatures start to rise. Being outside all day in the heat and sizzling sun can lead to dehydration, exhaustion or even heat stroke.

2. Dress Properly

Stay cool gardening in the heat by wearing loose and comfortable clothing along with a shady hat that protects your face, ears, and neck from the sun. If your skin is sensitive to sun exposure, wear long-sleeve clothing. In addition to dressing properly, be sure to apply sunscreen every few hours as needed.

3. Take Breaks

It’s easy to lose track of time when doing an enjoyable activity like gardening. Listen to your body and remember to take breaks from gardening by relaxing in the shade. It’s also handy to keep a fold-up chair nearby in the garden for sitting breaks.

4. Stay Hydrated

When watering your plants, don’t forget to stay hydrated yourself! As temperatures heat up it’s important to drink water frequently. Staying hydrated in the summer heat will replenish your body with fluids and prevent dehydration.

Be prepared when gardening with these genius hacks to beat the heat and stay cool this summer.

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