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We've shared many Water Wise tips and solutions over the years, including some unique ways to keep your plants hydrated during the hot summer months. Often times, the best watering tool is simply a good ol' hose and water nozzle or sprinkler.

Water nozzles come in many different styles, so get one that is appropriate for the task at hand. Having a long handled watering wand to reach those hanging baskets may be essential to getting it watered properly and surviving these heat spells. Spray nozzles with adjustable "kaleidoscope" spray heads offer several spray patterns - from a fine mist for fragile seedlings to shower settings for more mature plants. Oscillating or impulse sprinkler attachments are a fantastic way for the neighborhood kids to beat the heat - and they do a great job of watering large sections of your lawn and garden as well!

We like these colorful Dramm nozzles, because they tend not to get lost in the mulch or compost bin!

Don't Forget Yourself

Of course, plants aren't the only ones that need a little extra hydration in the summer heat. Most of us humans probably don't drink enough water everyday to be at our optimal, and dehydration can be an underlying indication of other health related issues. It can be helpful to know the signs of dehydration:

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  1. Fatigue
  2. Headaches
  3. Lighheadedness or dizziness -- OR -- confusion and irritability
  4. Heart rate increase
  5. Muscle cramps
  6. Skin loses its elasticity and can become dry
  7. Dry mouth and lips, and you actually feel parched
  8. Bad breath due to the lack of saliva, or the inability to produce tears
  9. The inability to control your own bodies temperature and actually overheating
  10. Dark urine or constipation

If you want to know precisely how much water to drink based on your height, weight and activity level, check out this hydration calculator provided by Camelbak®.

A simple "pinch test" to see how elastic your skin is (and thus how hydrated you are) is a quick test anyone can do.  But when in doubt, it's always best to consult your personal physician or a health care professional.