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:
Provide protection from most thorns, but still absorb water and don’t breathe.
Keep hands dry, are great for muddy/wet conditions and are washable.
Snug-fitting, durable, may not protect against thorns, are not great for wet conditions.
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.
Inexpensive, washable and comfortable, but offer no protection from water or thorns.
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: