Proper gloves are one of the most overlooked tools in the gardener's arsenal. Many gardeners find personal satisfaction with the feeling of dirt under the fingernails, but, at times, garden gloves are a necessity. Having the right glove for the right type of job may not only save your skin from injury but can also make the job go faster.
Your basic, general-purpose glove will be lightweight and of a thin material with or without a water-protectant coating. Basic gloves are the least inexpensive type and are usually available in a wide variety of colors and designs. Use a basic glove to protect hands while potting or re-potting plants and handling most seedlings.
Consider a glove with a thick material such as suede when dealing with thorned-planted like roses or barberry. Lightweight but heavy enough to protect your hands, suede gloves will still give you the mobility needed without compromising safety.
Gloves made for landscaping will resemble basic gloves with the exception of a heavy padding on the palms. This extra layer of foam will protect your hands while doing all the strenuous work that comes with digging and moving heavy materials. Landscape gloves should be coated with gripping dots to help keep a grip on wet, mossy rocks.
Other Types of Gloves
A number of specialty gloves are available for specific needs from specialty gardening catalogs and full-service garden centers including deerskin gloves, "armsavers" and gloves specific to protect against pesticides. In many cases, though, a general use glove will suffice.