Do you wear gloves when gardening? Depending on the task, we’ll sometimes wear gloves and sometimes go without. In this tip, we’ll outline a few times when you’ll probably want to be wearing gloves as well as different materials that go into various gloves.

Cloth Gloves
Cloth gloves come in a variety of thickness and options such as reinforced fingers and palms. They provide a simple barrier between you and the elements, helping to reduce blisters, keep your hands clean, and can help keep your hands warm in cool temperatures and reduce prickling from sharp or thorny plants. Cloth gloves are typically not very durable, so plan on replacing them regularly.

Leather Gloves
When it comes to protection from wood, rocks, thorns, and branches, these should be your go to pair. Typically gloves from cow hide are the most durable while goatskin or sheepskin are softer and more supple, but more prone to tear. Leather gloves are often lined with fleece or wool for winter wear and additional warmth.

Rubber Gloves
Rubber gloves are perfect for muddy days and working with prickly plants. They generally do not provide as much dexterity as cloth or leather gloves, but are a good choice especially in wet and rainy weather.

Caring for Gloves
The best way to care for your gloves it to keep them clean and dry when not in use. Shake or wash off any dirt and either lay gloves flat or hang to keep their shape.

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