Rose gardening gloves are some of the most important tools a rose gardener can own. They protect your hands from the dirt, which can significantly dry out your skin. But, more importantly, they protect you from those nasty thorns.
Because of the thorns you're trying to avoid, your gloves must be thick and durable. It's important that they are made of a material that is difficult to penetrate, so that your hands are thoroughly protected.
Leather is one of the best materials for rose gardening gloves. Though leather gloves can be expensive, they are very durable and will provide excellent protection for your hands.
When choosing a pair of gloves, check for a close fit. You'll often find leather gloves designed to fit men's hands, making them too large for women.
And, while it's not impossible to work on your rose bushes in leather gloves that are too large, it's not very comfortable to do so, either.
Kid leather gloves that fit your hands like leather driving gloves are a great choice for rose gardening. The close fit will make working feel more natural.
However, with a close fit you must be certain that the gloves are indeed thick enough to protect from thorns, since the gloves will be so closely molded to your skin.
Other types of gloves that are excellent to use are the sort with the rubber cuff. These gloves typically have leather palms, but have a rubber cuff that extends well above your wrist for extra protection.
You'll find that the extra length on these gloves really keep those rose canes from scratching up your arm.
Finally, take a look at synthetic suede gloves for rose gardening. Synthetic suede is just as thick and durable as genuine leather or suede, but it won't shrink, stretch or crack.
These gloves are extremely flexible and will fit your hands every bit as good as a pair of leather gloves.
They are slightly more expensive than others you'll find, but they'll last forever. And in addition, most extend well up the forearm, so they provide more protection than many traditional rose gardening gloves.
Good, sturdy gardening gloves are a must for any rose gardener. Nothing can take the enjoyment out of your hobby faster than knowing that you'll be miserable while working in your garden.
So, shop around to find the right pair of rose gardening gloves for you. No rose gardener can afford to be without protection when working in the garden.
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