The wearing of gloves

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  1. Petronius

    Petronius Young Pine

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    Do you wear gloves when you do yard work? Do you wear gloves when you plant flowers?

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  3. mart

    mart Hardy Maple

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    No !! They drive me nuts !!
     
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    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I know I should but I rarely do. Only when I have to deal with brambles, nettles or thorns will I wear gloves.
     
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    Yes and yes.
     



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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    I do, have gone through more gloves in the past 15 years than I can count. I do not buy gardeners gloves, too flimsy, they might last about a week for me. I get mechanics black gloves at either Harbor Freight or Lowes.
    Many years I didn't wear gloves of any kind and was trying to get a dead shrub out of our Blacklands Prairie black clay that passes for soil in my yard, got something jammed up under a finger nail and had a heck of an infection that deformed by fingernail. I wear gloves now.
     
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  7. Logan

    Logan Seedling

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    When i use compost i wear vinyl throwaway gloves, they don't last long. Have to wear them because it makes my hands black and can catch a virus or something from it, so they say to wear them.
     
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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    @toni that sounds REALLY painful.

    I wear gloves as much as I can tolerate. I dislike how they feel but my skin gets SO dry otherwise. The skin on my hands gets to be like sandpaper. When my kids were in diapers & I was washing my hands everyone time i turned around, I'd get cracks in the skin of my fingertips. Very painful.

    I now use vasoline or Aquaphor on my hands, then stick them in my gloves.

    Lately I have been using a pair of leather gloves. Very sturdy. I agree with you @toni the typical gardening gloves last only about 1-2 weeks, if that. I'll check out those black gloves you mentioned.
     
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    Netty Chaotic Gardener Plants Contributor

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    I start out with gloves on, but something always seems to happen and I look down and my gloves are gone and my hands are filthy haha
     
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    Yes and yes. Surgical ones for potting compost and cheap gardening ones for general work. Otherwise my hands get very dry and cracked, even with barrier cream.
     
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    Dirtmechanic Seedling

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    My general gloves are more or less a knitted glove that breathes but has the grip side palm and fingers coated in a tough and grippy rubber. I still have to be careful in the blackberries but other than that they are good. I think they are a form of mechanic glove I got at northern tool and equipment. Becky has taken them over so I need to get another pair.
     
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    Hubby has a good leather pair to prune anything that's thorny.:)
     
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    Palustris Young Pine

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    Nettles are the worst thing with the gloves with knotted style backs and leatherish fronts. I use the kind of rubberised gloves which Refuse collectors in Britain wear for dealing with nettles and brambles.
     
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    Logan Seedling

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    Over here i would use rubber gloves that are made for washing up and cleaning for pulling up nettles.
     
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    I wear gloves for handling thorny or rough brush. I have a pair of goatskin gloves that are at least four years old and other than being extremely dirty, are as good as when I bought them. I also have a pair of the knitted back/rubberized front gloves that I use for rough weeding. For fine weeding I take off the gloves and have at it!
    If you can find a cream called "Udder Balm" it works wonders for dry, cracked skin. It was originally for curing udder chapping on milk cows, but farmers found it also worked on their hard-working hands. Most farm and ranch stores carry it, and some hardware stores, also.
    If I didn't use gloves occasionally, folks would call me "Stubby"!
     
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    Can get it from Amazon or eBay, has to come from Michigan so a lot of money for postage and packaging, but it sounds good. Thanks.
     
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