Some people like to feel the dirt between their fingers when gardening and there are times when you simple can’t do a job with gloves on, but mostly, gloves will help with the chores and preserve your hands.
Gardening gloves are mostly made of cotton, leather, or nitrile. Cotton gloves work well for light gardening chores like planting seedlings, raking, or pulling some weeds. Cotton gloves are easy to throw in the washer and dryer. Cotton gloves are smooth and can tend to pick up or attract things that are sticky like burrs. They are also porous, so moisture can seep through to your skin.
If you are pulling difficult weeds, you might like nitrile gloves better. These are waterproof and have a cloth back and nitrile hand with nubs on the grip to help you grasp things like deep rooted weeds. They are also good for spreading mulch and can be used for planting seedlings. This all-around material serves many functions in the garden and usually sells in bundles of five. They can be put in the washer then hung up to dry.
Pruning or planting sticky, thorny plants, carrying cement blocks or large rocks, or any job that requires good protection for your hands requires leather. When working with roses or thorny shrubs, you may want to get gloves that reach up to your elbow and protect your arms as well.
Try out different types of garden gloves to determine what works best for you. You can find brands that fit very snugly or are made for larger or smaller hands. Using gloves when you are working in the garden makes the work safer, cleaner, and more comfortable. You won’t have to spend a lot of time getting the dirt out from under your fingernails.