At The Wonderful Garden Company, we stock a range of different gardening gloves, so we thought it'd be helpful to give you a guide to buying garden gloves to allow you to make an informed choice. We've also included a guide to glove sizes and how to find your glove size.
Why Wear Garden Gloves?
There's no denying gardening can be tough on your hands and the hazards are numerous:
- cuts and scratches from pruning
- thorns in your hands; plants like Pyracantha tend to leave particularly nasty thorns embedded in your skin
- your skin can quickly dry out and crack
- unpleasant organisms in manure and compost
- blisters from working with spades, forks etc.
- and, of course, filthy hands and unbecoming dirt under your nails.
The best garden gloves should fit you well and be right for the task in hand (excuse the pun).
Too large and the gloves will limit your dexterity and may well chafe and cause blisters.
Too small and movement will also be limited.
Some gloves work pretty well as general purpose gloves, but none are really suited to all the different gardening tasks.
Here's a list of the different types of gloves we have and what they're best suited for.
Sheepskin Gloves: When and how to use them
Designed for when dexterity is key, these garden gloves are made from very supple sheepskin and are waterproofed during the tanning process.
Extremely comfortable, our sheepskin gloves are ideal for lighter gardening task such as dead heading and planting.
These gloves are suited for planting and digging. They are ideal for cutting, planting, digging, raking, and shoveling.
Garden glove tip: Sheepskin tears more easily than other leathers, so avoid wearing them for the tougher jobs. And they're not suitable for tasks like logging or stone walling where there's harsh abrasion.
Cowhide Gloves And Gauntlets: When and how to use them
These are our best sellers. Cowhide is the traditional material of work gloves and for good reason; it's tough, durable and comfortable. The addition of a leather or fabric cuff adds extra protection that's essential to prevent lacerations during the pruning of so many shrubs and trees.
Perfect, too, for general gardening tasks such as handling logs, stones and when carrying out digging tasks.
Fabric/Synthetic Gardening Gloves
The majority of gardening gloves you come across are made of synthetic fabrics.
- an economical choice
- a wide range of sizes so it's easier to get a good fit
It took us a while to find somebody whose gloves we really liked but, now we've found them, Donkey Gloves have proved a real favourite of ours.
How To Care For Your Gardening Gloves
Keep your garden gloves in tip-top shape with this garden glove guide to care.
- Knock the dirt off your gloves when you're finished for the day
- Bring gloves inside to keep them dry - let them dry slowly and don't stick them on the radiator
- Dunk fabric gloves in a bucket of water to remove caked-on mud
- Wipe mud off leather gloves with a rag to help keep them from stiffening
- Lay leather gloves flat or hang from clothespins so they keep their shape
- Once in a while treat your leather gloves with some leather dressing or saddle soap.
Check out how to create your own show garden here.
A Guide To Finding The Right Glove Size
If you can, obviously, come to the shop and try them on!
If you can't do that, hold your hand flat and measure around your knuckles in inches (not including your thumb) to work the right size. Then use this garden glove size guide to find what is the right fit for you:
- 6-1/2 to 7-1/4 inches: Small
- 7-1/2 to 7-3/4 inches: Medium
- 8 to 8-3/4 inches: Large
- 9 to 9-3/4 inches: X-large
- 10 to 10-3/4 inches: XX-large
- 11 to 11-3/4 inches: XXX-large