Beat the Heat in August Gardening

Pat Neasbitt
Master Gardener

Gardening in extreme heat is no fun, but no matter how hot it gets, you still need to water, weed, and deadhead. When the temperatures in Oklahoma hit the 100’s in August and, usually, the first part of September, it’s best to minimize time outdoors during the hottest parts of the day for the sake of the gardener as well as the garden.

• Follow the Shade. I’ve found it feels at least ten degrees cooler in the shade, and there is more of a breeze. Work in the yard early in the morning and late in the evening. Wear a hat and sunscreen. Drink plenty of water. I actually find sitting in the shade pulling weeds or deadheading very relaxing at times – a great stress reliever, too. It’s good exercise and free therapy.