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Gardening Gloves

Working in your garden can be both fun and relaxing, but don't get too carried away and forget to protect your hands. Without gardening gloves, you would have dirt under your fingernails and cracking dry skin. Moreover, with gloves you can also prevent blisters from using gardening tools, such as the rake or shovel.

Material

Rubber gloves keep the moisture away, but this also means that they are not breathable. If you are allergic, choose PVC gloves instead. Cotton gloves are breathable and also lightweight, but cannot protect you from moisture, prickly plants, or chemicals. Leather gloves are durable, but bulky and often do not fit snugly. However, these are the best heavy-duty gardening gloves available, suitable for lifting objects, pushing a heavy wheelbarrow, or pruning roses. Spandex and lycra gloves with cotton backs fit well, are often waterproof, and can also include sun protection.

Features

When choosing gloves, try to balance durability with comfort, so they should last long and also feel nice when you wear them. If you work in humid conditions, choose waterproof gloves. For lighter tasks, use breathable gardening gloves. Reinforced fingertips ensure durability because this part wears the quickest. High quality gloves often have an extra layer of material on the fingers as well as double-stitched seams for extra longevity.

Fit

Too-large gloves limit your dexterity, chafe, and cause blisters. Too-small gloves limit your hand movement. Therefore, a snug fit is essential. The fingertips of the gloves should be near the ends of your fingers but not jammed against the glove. The webbing between the fingers needs to be snug, not chaffing. The wrist closure should be exactly at the wrist. When choosing the right fit, choose gloves for your gender. Men's gloves are typically larger than women's and can feel too loose if you are a woman. If the product features a sizing chart, use it cleverly.

Function

There are gloves for every gardening work you may encounter and it does matter which one you wear. When working with prickly plants or mud, choose maximum protection and wear rubber or PVC gloves. Handle chemicals, such as pesticides, herbicides, greases, and oils, when wearing neoprene and nitrile gloves and make sure that the gloves are suitable for handling a specific chemical by checking the label. Pick up a pair of pigskin or cowhide gloves when planting shrubs and trees or handling wood and rocks. Use cloth gloves for light planting chores, mixing soil, raking, and digging.

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