“ Type: Garden Gloves „
While putting a few Halloween lanterns in my garden yesterday afternoon, ready for the trick or treaters, I noticed that my garden was in need of a little tlc. I do keep up to it quite a bit, but haven't really had chance to give it one last tidy up ready for winter, and although I was unable to mow the lawn, I needed to tend to the beds and just do a little tidying around. I'm a little girly though, as much as I like being in the garden, I simply can't get my hands dirty or risk chipping my lovely nails! My husband bought me (as a joke I may add!) some gardening gloves, and I use them every time I go into the garden to do any kind of tidying around or planting. I don't think he meant to, but these gloves are actually work wear gloves, but this is even better for me, as they are reinforced and thicker than the usual gardening gloves I have used in the past.
I often struggle with gloves, even women's gloves sometimes, as I have thin hands with long thin fingers. Even women's gloves, with a one size fits all sizing, often ending up looking like goalkeepers gloves on my hands and I struggle to keep them on. These gloves are the best of their kind for me, sizing wise but they are still a little big, they seem to stay on better, perhaps the thicker reinforced material has something to do with this.
As I mentioned, these gloves are reinforced, which means they are perfect for usual gardening jobs, but also for more intense gardening when you are moving shrubs around, etc. I have often cut my hands when I have been tending to the garden, especially the annual upkeep of the buddleia, which we use to screen part of the garden, which by the time it needs a trim is usually around 8 or 9 feet high and can be pretty non sympathetic on my hands. The gloves are twice the usual thickness of gloves and have a long wrist guard which I find extremely useful. The suede palms, make it difficult for anything to penetrate through. They are still flexible and allow the hands to bend easily, which I was surprised at when I used them for the first time. The time when they are most useful is when you are clearing hedges or garden waste.
The gloves aren't going to win any style awards, but no gardening wear is really! They are practical and durable and perfect for what they are intended for. Grey and green in colour, it makes a change from the usual pink that any women's gardening wear seems to have to conform to.
For me using them yesterday in October, they were ideal as they kept my hands warm while protecting me from the dirt and any cuts or grazes. However in summer months, they can make the hands sweaty and sometimes when the heat is really high, they can be quite unbearable. For the protection they offer, it is to be expected that they will make the hands sweat, but it's still uncomfortable when it happens.
The biggest test for me on the success of these gloves is whether or not they keep my nails looking as pretty as they did when I started and I'm sure you'll be ecstatic to know they do ; )
Thanks to those few days a couple of weeks ago when it was gloriously sunny and hot, I stupidly thought we were in for a great spring and summer, weather-wise. Therefore it was finally time to sort out my patio. I don't have a garden but I do have a very large patio at the back of my house which I have neglected for over a year. The hedges and brambles behind my patio fence had started to poke through the fence panels, and my entire patio was covered with long bits of thorny brambles, weeds, grass, mulch and leaves. Think Day of the Triffids combined with Little Shop of Horrors and you're getting close to how bad it was.
Luckily there is a huge B&Q near my house, so I took myself off there to buy everything I needed. Top of my list was a pair of thick gloves. Because I'd be dealing with thorns and brambles I knew that rubber gloves just wouldn't cut it. B&Q have a large range of gloves but these Ladies Reinforced Work Gloves appealed to me because they seemed hard-wearing, thick, and weren't too expensive.
PACKAGING AND APPEARANCE
The gloves come attached to a piece of pink card. Thankfully this is the only thing pink about the gloves. One of the main reasons I bought these was because they WEREN'T pink. I am not a girly girl, I hate pink, and I automatically shun anything that looks purposely girly. I will not be patronised by a pair of gloves!
These gloves are grey and green (I'd call it forest green). The grey parts ie. the fingertips, thumb, and middle of the gloves are made from double thick suede, whereas the green is made from a thick material which looks, but isn't, slightly denimy.
WEAR AND USAGE
These are one-size so they may not fit perfectly for some. I found them slightly on the large size, but not so much that they affected me working with these on, and they stayed on securely. The gloves are fairly long so they will cover your wrists, meaning you are extra-protected.
When I was handling thorny branches and lifting up rough stones and bricks, my hands were completely protected. They enabled me to grip things well without worrying about hurting my hands or getting cuts. I did find that it was hard to weed with these, as the gloves were so thick that it was difficult to get a good grip on smaller weeds or bits of moss.
These are also great for raking or brushing, as you will be at less of a risk from getting blisters on your hands.
My hands did get very hot while wearing these but that's obviously to be expected given the thickness of these gloves. They didn't irritate or itch me.
Even after using these, the material was as thick and pristine as the minute I bought them. They did have grass stains of course, but these can be wiped off, if you can be bothered. I can't!
These cost £4.98 which I think is an excellent price. When I saw them on the shelf, I though they would be closer to a tenner due to their tough nature.
WOULD I BUY THESE AGAIN?
I would definitely buy these again and I have been using them regularly getting my patio fixed up. However I think it will be a good few years before I will need to replace them.
This Spring's garden project at my house is sorting a rockery out, and though it's going a little slower than expected so far, progress would have gone an awful lot slower were it not for the reinforced work garden gloves I bought from B&Q around 6 months ago.
As I remember, I paid about £4 for the pair of ladies work gloves, and for the time they've lasted me so far, I consider that to be a bargain.
These 'one size' gloves are very tough, being made from mostly suede feel leather, but with abit of cotton and polyester thrown into the mix for flexibility. On the palms of the hands, the material is extra thick, and at the base of the gloves there's a green wrist guard which is pretty stiff and there to protect your wrists. The green and creamy coloured gloves aren't the most attractive handwear around, but they are very practical looking and that's all you can ask for in a gardening and work glove really.
For jobs where you don't need to be delicate, I've found these gloves ideal. Shifting rocks, pulling up roots and other jobs which are hard on hands are far more comfortable wearing these gloves and I've found they've performed well and stopped me getting blisters, cuts or scrapes very effectively since I bought them. I've had to pull quite a few gangly brambles and thorny bushes out to make room for the rockery and the gloves stopped me getting pricked by thorns too.
They're not so good on jobs where you need precision, but if they were they wouldn't be as good at the rougher jobs as they'd be too weak.
For the price I paid, I think these gloves are great, so I can highly recommend them. They've kept my hands happy on rougher jobs in the garden.
We live on the slopes of the Great Orme in Llandudno and so don't have much in the way of garden as the Orme is solid rock. We do have a few small raised beds in which we can only grow hardy shrubs and plants as the wind up here can be very fierce and can kill tender plants very quickly!
For general tatting about in the garden I use lightweight gardening gloves as I find them better if I am weeding for example as I can actually grab hold of the little weeds even whist wearing the gloves.
If I need to do anything heavier - for example pulling out old shrubs, clearing out one of the raised beds to put new soil in it or even when I am chopping wood for the log burner - I need to use a heavier duty pair gloves. I did try using the lightweight gloves but they just wore out very quickly and I ended up with my fingers sticking out of the end which rather defeats the object!
Hubby had got a pair of good strong gloves from B & Q and I tried them to see if they would be the sort of thing I wanted. They were just the job but obviously a bit big for me as they were men's gloves so I treated myself to the ladies equivalent.
The gloves in question are a pair of B & Q Ladies Reinforced Work Gloves which cost just £4.98 from B & Q obviously! Incidentally I always use my Visa card in B & Q as I have registered it with Quidco and so I get 2% cashback if I spend up to £99.99 and 4% if I spend £100 or more. It isn't a fortune but it all adds up doesn't it?
The gloves are clipped together by means of a piece of pink card (before you ask, yes, the men's gloves are clipped together with a piece of blue card!) bearing the B & Q logo and the words: 'Gloves. Ladies' reinforced work gloves. One size. Double thickness suede palm with long wrist guard. Ideal for general gardening jobs.'
The fibres used to make the gloves are 70% leather, 10% cotton and 20% polyester. The gloves are made mainly from grey suede with a double thickness on the palms of the hands. They have a green trim on the back and a stiff green wrist guard.
The gloves are strong and I find them very comfortable to wear but obviously they wouldn't be any good for delicate jobs such as weeding as they just would not be sensitive enough.
For me these gloves offer superb protection when I am sorting out the wood and chopping and sawing it ready for stacking in the wood store. Sometimes the wood has sharp bits sticking out of the bark, some has thorns and some of the recycled wood that we get given has nails in it and wearing these gloves means that I don't get cuts and scratches on my hands.
I am gradually working around the small raised beds emptying them and refilling them with new soil and new shrubs. The old stuff that is currently in there includes roses, cotoneaster and other such prickly shrubs so again the gloves are worth their weight in gold!
Both Dave and I have had our gloves for a couple of years and, although they are used for a variety of rough jobs, they are showing little signs of wear. Obviously they get dirty but the loose dirt just brushes off. They grey suede looks a bit grubby now but then I am only wearing them for gardening I'm not off to a Royal Garden Party!
In conclusion I would recommend these gloves as they offer great protection when working and they feel comfortable to wear too.