Should you wear special or protect clothes when gardening?
Most will have “old” clothes that they don’t mind getting muddy, but sometimes you need more…
Although it is often the case that a gardener simply does not wear special clothes for most gardening tasks, you have to think about it sooner or later, if you are carrying out higher risk tasks. After all, what does working in the dirt isn’t all that dangerous. There’s dust, dirt but there are also all sorts of pesticides and chemicals. You do not want to damage your skin or get an infection, do you?
The most important thing is to wear a closed suit. Of course, you always want to wear something light to soak up the sun in the hot weather, combining the pleasant with the useful.
If you are a gardening newbie, you might be wondering what you are supposed to wear, we can help you.
Gardening Trousers or Overalls
Good gardening trousers or overalls should come with pockets and kneepads. Their tool pockets allow you to carry pruners, secateurs and weeding tools (and even your picked vegetables!) with ease around with you.
Incorporate kneepads into your gardening trousers make gardening easier and more comfortable for you. They can look after your knees/joints while kneeling on the lawn (since most people spend a lot of time on their knees when gardening) and also keep your knees dry. Of course, being lightweight and flexible is important when bending, moving and kneeling.
For example, Blaklader gardening garments are considered top-quality, combining durability with comfort. You can find some of them on this UK based shop.
A good pair of gloves will always help you in gardening. A pair offering comfort, protection, and high dexterity is must-have. Many gardeners avoid big and chunky gloves as they don’t offer sensitivity. If you need to deal with heavy-duty work like digging up the roots, pick Nitrile Gloves that offer protection but are still thin.
You can check out this Gardener’s World review of the best gardening gloves around at the moment.
A shoe or boot with skid-resistant rubber sole can prevent you from slipping on wet surfaces. Wellington boots are ideal for those who work in mud or wetter areas. But if your gardening isn’t particularly fierce, a pair of rubber shoes that offer closed-toe protection, like cloggies that are easy to slip on and off, is enough.
As you go out to work in the garden during the daytime hours, make sun protection a priority. Accessories like hats with a wide brim, caps and UV protection arm sleeves can offer sun protection – keeping your face and neck shaded from the sun.
We hope this article can make you think it is worth changing trousers and shoes even just to spend thirty minutes weeding.
It’s even more important to wear safety glasses and protective clothing if you are doing more serious work such as using power tools. Strimming can be particularly dangerous if debris flies into your eyes.