Ok, not everyone is a fan, but wearing gloves in the garden is actually important if you want to avoid thorn stings, splinters, or nasty bubbles. Just as important, however, is the type of gardening glove you choose.
Wear gloves in the garden
While I was training a new guy at a garden center / landscaping company I worked for, I suggested that he get a pair of good quality gloves for our job. This man’s stupid answer was, “Gloves are for girls, my hands are hard.” I couldn’t make him wear gloves when he didn’t want to, but I wondered how “hard” he would feel if his hands were covered in rose or barberry thorns, or covered in oozing lesions from fungal skin infections of certain types Plants or garden materials added.
While many of my own gardening gloves are indeed made for women, with pretty floral prints or girls’ colors, there are just as many gardening gloves on the market that are made specifically for men. Knowing that wearing gloves in the garden will protect your hands from many things, I choose them for their durability, quality and ability to handle difficult tasks. If I can find a pair of durable, good quality gardening gloves that are cute and girlish, that’s just an added bonus.
I’ve also worked on tough jobs with men who forgot their gloves, or had the wrong type of gloves for the job at hand, and who didn’t mind borrowing and wearing my “girly” floral-patterned gloves to pick up angry thorns or Avoid skin abrasions. When it’s a hot midsummer day and you’re drenched in sweat, dirty, and hard to get done, fashion and looks are really the last thing on your mind. Read on to learn how to choose gardening gloves for specific gardening tasks.
Choosing gloves for gardening
Gardeners wear gloves for many different reasons, such as:
- Keep your hands and fingernails clean and dry
- Avoid blisters and calluses
- Prevent cuts and scratches or protect existing cuts and scratches from infection
- protect against insect bites or bites
- Protect the skin from harmful chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.
- Protection against fungal infections from certain plants or garden materials
While most people know that keeping wounds clean and protected can reduce the risk of infection, many people are unaware that they can actually get fungal infections from certain plants and soils. Sporotrichosis, or rose picker disease, is a fungal disease that causes nasty lesions and skin ulcers in people. This disease is often transmitted through infected rose thorns or peat moss with sphagnum. Wearing gloves in the garden can prevent this infection.
When choosing gardening gloves, the fit is of course important. If possible, try on the gloves to make sure they are snug around your hands so they don’t slip, but also not too tight to limit your ability to perform the gardening tasks that you need to do. You should also choose the right gloves for the gardening tasks you plan to do.
Here are some different types of gardening gloves and their properties:
- Cloth gloves – These are the most common and inexpensive gloves. They’re usually made of knitted jersey or cotton and are machine washable. Their main purpose is to keep your hands clean and they offer very little protection for your hands, but they are cooler and breathable.
- Leather gloves – These are more expensive but usually waterproof and better protect hands from thorns, cuts and scratches. Rose gloves are usually made from leather.
- Rubber covered gloves – These are the best gloves for protecting hands when using chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides. Hands can get quite hot and sweaty, however, and if you are allergic to latex it should be avoided.
- Neoprene or nitrile gloves – These gloves are made of a synthetic rubber material so that hands can be protected from chemicals, cuts and scratches. They are also breathable and flexible. However, evil thorns can still pierce through them.