To keep green fingers puncture-free, a good pair of gardening gloves are a necessity. The best gloves can protect from brambles, dirt, and chemicals; plus, they’ll also help prevent blisters that can develop from long periods of using garden tools and equipment.
There are a huge range of gardening gloves on the market, some more suitable for certain gardening duties than others. If you’re considering purchasing a pair, the following information might come in handy:
The Correct Gloves for Your Intended Purpose
You will likely need different gloves depending on the gardening task you’re doing:
Best Gardening Gloves for Weeding
- For weeding, gardening gloves with spandex or elastane backs offer comfort and flexibility. These will often have leather palms which offer a bit more protection to the hands.
- Lightweight gloves, that allow movement and dexterity are a necessity.
- Bamboo gardening gloves with rubberised protection are great for weeding, offering good movement, protection and grip.
- You could also consider cotton gloves for weeding, if there are no thorns/nettles. These won’t be at all water resistant though.
Best Gardening Gloves for Rose Pruning
- Choose good quality leather gloves.
- Buy gauntlet style gloves so that your arms are protected.
- Rose-pruning gardening gloves are also useful for dealing with other thorny plants (e.g., brambles).
Best Gardening Gloves for Using Machinery/Equipment
- Lightweight gardening gloves are generally a good choice when using machinery/tools. You want to have good manoeuvrability and shouldn’t be putting the gloves under too much strain from friction.
- Choosing garden gloves with good grip (e.g., rubber, leather, latex or bamboo) will stop you from slipping if using tools when it’s raining.
Best Gardening Gloves for Tackling Tougher Jobs
If you’re trying to move a lot of brambles, you’ll want some gardening gloves that don’t let thorns through easily. Look for:
- Thick leather with a lining to offer more protection.
- Latex/neoprene gloves if applying pesticide chemicals (these are non absorbent).
- Reinforced fingertips and knuckles.
- Look for water resistant gloves to keep hands dry whilst working.
How to Measure Glove Size:
- Take a tape measure and measure your dominant hand.
- Wrap the tape measure around your hand, below your knuckles.
- Make a fist to ensure there will be enough space in the gloves for movement.
- Take the measurement.
Tip: Most glove sizing is done in inches, so you may have to convert the depending on the units of your tape measure. Some brands do their sizing by only measuring across the palm (and not the whole hand circumference), so you’ll need to divide your measurement by two.
If buying gauntlet style gloves, make sure they aren’t longer than your forearm.
Looking After Gardening Gloves
Most non-leather gardening gloves can be soaked in a bowl of lukewarm water to dislodge any mud, then left to air dry. Don’t be tempted to dry your best gardening gloves on the radiator, as this can change their shape.
Some gloves can be cleaned in the washing machine, but make sure to check first!
If you have leather gloves, avoid getting them wet. Brush off as much dirt as possible and apply a leather conditioner. See our detailed guide on cleaning leather gardening gloves.
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