Here are some helpful reminders for staying cool while landcaring during the hottest months of the year.
• Always put your safety first and avoid working on hot days and during the hottest part of the day.
• Focus your Landcare efforts on shady areas during summer months.
• Ensure you have adequate water and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect yourself from the sun at all times – slip slop and slap!
• Incorporate rest periods (lots of refreshment breaks!)
Recognise the symptoms
If you see someone struggling in the heat, make sure you understand the symptoms of heat-related illness. Symptoms of heat stress include extremely heavy sweating, headache and vomiting, confusion and a swollen tongue. Should someone experience heat stress, be sure to seek medical assistance.
Working with herbicide
Herbicide (Glyphosate) is much less effective during hot weather. Applying herbicide during very hot times is therefore a waste of effort, resources and leads to unnecessary chemicals in the environment. The best approach is to wait until cooler conditions before treating weeds with herbicide.
Only plant during summer if the area is sheltered/shaded, the surrounding soil protected by mulch and your group is able to provide water to new plants (without carrying heavy watering cans too far!). A better solution is to wait until cooler weather to plant. This will cut down on labour and increase survival rates.