Mowing your lawn in the heat of summer increases your risk of heat related problems such as dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Certain age groups such as young children and older adults as well as people on certain medications are more susceptible to heat related illness.  Because of the seriousness of developing these issues, we have put together the following safety prevention tips for mowing your lawn on hot summer days:

Plan to mow in the early morning hours (after the lawn has dried from any morning watering or dew) or later in the evening but avoid mowing in the hottest part of the day

Drink plenty of fluids, avoid drinks containing caffeine and alcohol.  It is recommended that you drink 8 ounces of water every 15 to 20 minutes in extreme heat.

Wear light-colored clothing made from breathable fabrics.  Multiple layers of clothing will trap in heat, so wear loose, single layer clothing.  Long sleeves and pants will not only protect you from sunburn but also from mosquito and bug bites as well as any debris that could be tossed up by the mower.  Wear a wide brimmed hat or sun visor.

Wear sunscreen.  If you get sunburned it will make it harder for your body to cool itself

Take frequent breaks in the shade or air-conditioning and if you have a large yard use one of your breaks to snack on something salty or eat a small meal.  When your done mowing eat a banana to boost your potassium and to boost your energy you might try some orange or tomato juice.

You may be tempted to try and hurry through and get the job done because of the heat but working slowly is better, exerting yourself too much will just dehydrate you faster.  If your grass has gotten long between mowing it will also mow better if you take it slower.

If the heat is an issue for you and your health, you may want to consider hiring a professional lawn care company.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can help you stay out of the heat and still have a beautiful well maintained lawn even in the dog days of summer.  For a free estimate on our weekly mowing service, call, 208-884-8986, or email,

Don’t forget to find and follow us on Facebook!