Any pastime or job which involves quite as many bladed objects as gardening necessitates some kind of hand protection. And though it should be easy enough to find a pair of gardening gloves that will cater for all of your horticultural needs in theory, things are rarely that simple in practice. This is because there are so many different types of glove from which to choose nowadays, with most claiming to be suitable for every horticultural task you could imagine. The truth of the matter, however, is that not many gloves are manufactured with the right materials to be ideal for every task and it is therefore worth spending a moment to consider what your most common gardening tasks will be.
It is possible, for example, to choose gloves with tough outer materials that are good for jobs where protection is a major requirement, such as pruning or trimming hedges. Alternatively, gloves that provide excellent grip are better for dexterous work or situations where anti-slip properties are essential, particularly when working with power tools. Intricate work, meanwhile, may necessitate a lighter glove made from a more flexible material. Other vital benefits afforded by a decent pair of gardening gloves include protection from blisters when working with shovels, rakes and other gardening tools, offering a protective barrier when handling pesticides or plants which can cause an allergic reaction, and even just keeping your hands clean when working with soil.
Many gardening gloves are made from cotton, which is lightweight and breathable but doesn’t provide the protection of heavier cloths such as goatskin or man-made materials like PVC. Many gloves also feature elasticated wrist bands, providing a more secure fit and thus ensuring manual dexterity while you work. Most heavy duty gloves, meanwhile, will include reinforced sections in vulnerable areas such as the fingertips for added protection. Another popular feature is to have an integrated cloth section on the thumb so that you can wipe your brow when the need arises (which might not sound important on paper but is infinitely preferable to getting sweat in your eyes when working long days under the hot summer sun).
Whatever your particular requirements, however, a hardy pair of gardening gloves is essential kit for any horticulturalist, providing vital protection against cuts, scratches and worse. And with the various sizes and designs available in our range you will hopefully have no problem finding a pair of high quality gardening gloves which fit… well, which fit like a glove!