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Gardening is a beloved British pastime and one that has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years. As with any hobby, it is important to have the right tools for the job and we have covered the gardening basics in a previous article. However, there is one piece of gardening equipment which is often forgotten or disregarded altogether, gardening gloves.
A lot of people choose to forgo gardening gloves, but a good pair is essential and allows you to accomplish more in your garden. From keeping your hands clean to pruning thorny rose bushes, the humble garden glove is a must-have for any serious gardener.
What are gardening gloves?
Gardening gloves are gloves designed for aiding you in safely completing a variety of garden tasks. As mentioned previously, many people choose to garden without gloves as they enjoy the feeling of soil and plants in the hands. But the truth is that you should wear gloves every time you have something to do in your garden as the dangers of gardening without gloves outweigh the feeling of soil. The gloves do more than just keeping your hands clean. They will help protect your hands from insect bites, prevent your skin from drying out, provide a better grip when handling tools, and stop pesticides from coming into contact with your skin.
Uses of gardening gloves
There are four main types, and countless brands, of gardening gloves to choose from. There are traditional gardening gloves made of leather, cotton, and rubber, and each one is used for specific garden tasks.
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How to choose gardening gloves
There are two things to take into consideration when buying gardening gloves. One, are they suitable for the task and, two, do they fit?
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As gardening is heavily reliant on the use of your hands, using gloves which fit you correctly is quite important. If the gloves you choose are too small, your hands will feel restricted and you may not have a full range of motion. But if the gloves are too big, they can slip off of your hands, make you clumsy, increase your chances of injuring yourself with a garden tool, and generally make gardening more difficult than it has to be.
The best way to ensure that you choose the right size is to try the gloves on before buying them, if possible. Here are a couple of general tips you can use to tell if the gloves are the right size for you once you try them on.
Most brands of gardening gloves will include their size either on the glove itself or on its label, so if it’s not possible to try them on, you can use the given sizes as a guide. If you want to make sure you are buying the right size, you can measure your hands before going to the shop.
To measure your hands for gloves, you will need a tape measure and your hand. Wrap the tape measure around your knuckles to measure their circumference . When you have the measurement, use the chart below to find your size.
How to take care of gardening gloves
Taking care of your gardening gloves is important unless you want to replace them often. It is not difficult, though.
A neat glove storage tip is to install some pegs where you store the other gardening tools. When you have washed them, just hang them up near the other tools. This will let them air dry and will make them easy to find.
So, there we have it, your guide to choosing gardening gloves. They are as vital to gardening as a spade or a rake and will protect your hands while gardening. For the sake of your hands, please start wearing gloves.
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