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Prepare for battle with our 314 Game of Thorns gloves

Posted: April 8, 2015 2:24 pm 5 Comments

The Game of Thorns is an amazing new glove created by our Product Developer after one of our sales guys had repeated requests for it from garden shop managers in his Okanagan territory. As I have a cabin with a yard being taken over by blackberry bushes, I was excited to give the gloves a test run. Unfortunately for my husband, I only brought 1 pair of Men’s size down to the cabin last weekend. Now my husband is a tough-guy carpenter with a construction company and used to working with power tools and not the least bit wimpy, so he grabbed a pair of short leather gloves for himself and handed my son The Game of Thorns gloves. I, of course, dug in with the women’s size pair. Here’s the yard “Before and After” photos.

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As you can see we had to take out the old tree fort and then cut down and yank out so many thorny blackberry branches that it took the whole day. Fortunately for my son and I, we had our gauntlet super Game of Thorn gloves on and came away unscathed. We were able to grab the thorny stalks and yank them out of the ground without feeling almost any thorns. My husband was not so lucky!

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So, besides his arms being completely cut and scraped up it is important to actually think about the serious implications that could happen because he didn’t have proper hand & forearm protection. Getting a cut or scrape can result in a nasty infection. Sporotrichosis (also known as “Rose Gardener’s disease”) is a disease caused by the infection of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii. It can enter your body via a wound. Symptoms of this form include bumps in the skin, at the point of entry and also along lymph nodes and vessels. The lesion starts off small and painless, and ranges in color from pink to purple. Left untreated, the lesion becomes larger and looks similar to a boil and more lesions will appear, until a chronic ulcer develops.
If you get jabbed with a thorn, remove any thorn remains embedded in the skin and then clean the area completely with soap. Keep a sharp eye on your wound and if you observe signs of infection (increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness, red streaks leading from the wound, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin, or fever), seek medical attention.
Prevention is clearly the safest way to avoid gardening infection hazards and the number one way to do that is to wear gloves. A word of warning: stay away from those cheapy cotton gloves as they really don’t protect you from much. ]If you’re pruning choose leather gloves, especially the longer gauntlet models that will also protect your forearms. The Game of Thorns is the ideal glove to wear while tackling blackberry or rose bushes with their mighty thorns.

Garden Gloves: More Than Just a Fashion Accessory

Posted: February 17, 2014 9:13 am 5 Comments

Gardeners are starting to feel it in the air. Spring is coming, and with it, a brand new gardening season. When you walk into your local garden centre in the next month, your eyes will surely be caught by the “Glove Rack.” On it you’ll see this season’s new fabrics, patterns and colours. While you’ll want to pick a pair that looks oh-so-fab, you should also consider their purpose. We wear gloves to garden in so our hands stay clean, but they are also extremely important for protection.

Gloves provide a barrier from soil, splinters, pricks, cuts and abrasions, insect and spider bites, poison oak and other skin irritants. They keep skin dry, prevent sunburn and fingernail damage and reduce blistering. It’s important to have different gloves appropriate for the task at hand:

Leather gloves
Provide protection from most thorns, but still absorb water and don’t breathe.

Rubber gloves
Keep hands dry, are great for muddy/wet conditions and are washable.

Performance gloves
Snug-fitting, durable, may not protect against thorns, are not great for wet conditions.

Nitrile gloves
Excellent for dexterity, strong and puncture resistant. If they have a knit back then they are good for breathability, are washable and often effective in protecting your skin from chemicals.

Cotton
Inexpensive, washable and comfortable, but offer no protection from water or thorns.

Waterproof Gauntlet
Completely waterproof with a long gauntlet, sometimes even reaching up to the shoulder. Perfect for the pond/water gardener.

Your gloves should fit nice and snug, and ensure that when you’re pruning plants with prickles and thorns, your gloves have long wrist protectors (gauntlets).

We have 6 new gloves for Spring 2014 that features new technology, new colours and offers more protection in the garden.

Introducing our 2014 Collection:

307 Game of Thorns: 

308 Tiger Lily:

319 Forget-me-Not:

323 Eden:

324 The Gladiator:

412 #Tap_That:

 

Ahhh, So That’s Why We Wear Gardening Gloves

Posted: April 26, 2013 9:02 am 2 Comments

I ran into a friend the other day at the local Home Improvement centre. This friend has her own landscaping company and was on a mission to buy some gloves. She was just recovering from a terrible infection that she got the week before as a result of being pricked by thorns while she was busy pruning. Within a day of her being pricked her finger swelled up and was red and puffy. As it was throbbing and seemed to be getting worse she decided that she had best visit the doctor. The doctor told her antibiotics were in order and without them he was concerned that this terrible infection could turn into flesh-eating disease!! So she is now taking antibiotics 4 times a day and has learned the hard way that gardening without the gloves appropriate for the task at hand could actually be dangerous, very dangerous. Who knew??

This got me to thinking, what other hazards are lurking in the garden?

Getting a cut or scrape can result in a nasty infection. There are some dangerous bacteria lurking in the soil that could end up causing you long term pain and suffering. Clostridium tetani, for example, is a bacteria found in soil and dust. It can enter the body through a cut, toxins are produced and then circulated through the blood and lymph system. Tetnus, as it’s commonly called, can result in nervous system damage, seizures and even death. Sporotrichosis (also known as “Rose Gardener’s disease”) is a disease caused by the infection of the fungus Sporothrix schenckii. It can also enter your body via a wound. Symptoms of this form include bumps in the skin, at the point of entry and also along lymph nodes and vessels. The lesion starts off small and painless, and ranges in color from pink to purple. Left untreated, the lesion becomes larger and looks similar to a boil and more lesions will appear, until a chronic ulcer develops.

If you get jabbed with a thorn, remove any thorn remains embedded in the skin and then clean the area completely with soap. Keep a sharp eye on your wound and  if you observe signs of infection (increased pain, swelling, warmth, or redness, red streaks leading from the wound, swollen lymph nodes in your neck, armpits, or groin, or fever), seek medical attention.

Prevention is clearly the safest way to avoid gardening infection hazards and the number one way to do that is to wear gloves. A word of warning though,  stay away from those cheapy cotton gloves as they really don’t protect you from much. If you’re pruning choose leather gloves, especially the longer gauntlet models that will also protect your forearms. If you’re digging in the soil, latex or nitrile gloves will keep your hands dry and clean. A fairly small investment in hand protection will be sure to pay off with a worry free gardening season. Be sure to check out our new gardening gloves this season: 198 Fresh Air, 309 Carrot Tops, 312 Got Dirt, 327 Groovy, Baby, 6163 Splish and Splash

Michele Moore
Marketing Manager/NS Sales