Gardening Gloves

A Garden is a great place to, relax, get some exercise, witness the beauty of God's creation and most of all, have endless hours of enjoyment.  You will also experience the pleasant aromas of your flowers and the blessings of fresh vegetables from your vegetable garden.  But all of this enjoyment can be diminished if you suffer from cuts and blisters because you work in your garden with unprotected hands. 

Gardening gloves are one of the most important items that a gardener can have.  Choosing a pair of gloves is an easy task, but choosing the RIGHT pair of gloves is a different situation, especially if you are new to gardening.

Here are a few tips to help you when buying your gardening gloves:

Leather

High quality gardening gloves are made from good quality leather.  Leather gives your hands the best protection because it is tough and long lasting.  Just in case you don't know, leather is cow hide that has been processed.

  • Leather is one of nature's most luxurious yet practical materials. 
  • As a general rule, the softer the feel, the better the leather quality.
  • There are many influencing factors that effect the quality of leather.
  • Every hide has textural variations related to the animal's genetic makeup, environment and food supply.
  • There are numerous types of leathers and leather treatment processes for tanning and finishing leather.
  • In the production of leather, each tannery has its own techniques and processes for creating texture and color variations.

 

General Purpose

You'll also want to consider buying a pair or two of general purpose gardening gloves that are made of canvas or have a cloth backing.  The canvas or cloth is good for small tasks where you don't need the full protection of leather and because the material breathes, it will help your hands stay cool and comfortable when you are working in warm weather.

 

Water Resistant

If you will be working in your garden shortly after a rain then you'll want to have gloves that are mud and water resistant.  For this, consider purchasing a pair of rubber gardening gloves.  To help your hands stay warm, be sure that they have a cotton lining.

 

Pesticide Resistant

Another type of glove that will come in handy is something that will be suitable to use when handling pesticides.  Bugs and insects are relentless and at some point in time you will probably need to use pesticides to ensure that your plants stay healthy and insect free.  Gardening gloves made from latex or plastic will not protect your skin from the harmful effects of the chemicals in pesticides. Neoprene gloves on the other hand are made for this purpose.

 

Extra Protection

For the flower garden that has roses, there is another consideration.  While a rose bush filled with blooms is a beautiful sight, the thorns on the plants can be quite dangerous to a gardenerís arms and wrists, even when you are wearing protective gloves.  To prune those very thorny plants you should wear gardening gloves that have long wrist protectors.

 

Soft and Flexible

When it's time to transplant small delicate seedlings, you might want to have gardening gloves that will let you handle them with care.  Something that is soft and flexible and allows you to have some sense of touch when you are handling the plants.  However there are many plants that must be planted during early winter.  Wearing heavier gloves to protect your hands from the cold is a good idea, but it can impede your ability to feel what you are doing while transplanting. 

A pair of fingerless gardening gloves will allow you to do this delicate and detailed work.  You can even make a pair from one of your existing pairs of gloves by using a scissors.  You don't need to remove the entire finger of the glove, just cut off the tip of each finger.  About 1 inch.  This way, most of your finger will still be protected by the glove, but the end of your finger, where most of your sense of touch will occur, is all that needs to be exposed.

 

Try Before You Buy

A final and very important tip that you should not forget is that the gloves you buy need to FIT your hands comfortably.  So when you go to the store to pick them out, you should always try them on.  And don't assume that if that last pair of gloves you bought was a LARGE size, then that's what you will need when you purchase your next pair of gloves. 

Gloves are just like clothes in that each manufacturer has their own size standards.  A small size for one manufacturer might be a MEDIUM size for another manufacturer.  But getting the size right is not the only consideration.  You want your gardening gloves to be comfortable and trying them on is the only way to know for sure.

 

Final Word

Gardening gloves are truly a gardenerís most trusted companion. They will not only help to protect your hands from dirt, mud and thorns, they also protect you from cuts, bruises and blisters.  Thus you will need to choose your gardening gloves with care.

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