If you're in the landscaping business or a gardener, you know the term gear refers to more than just the tools you use such as shovels, rakes, pruning shears and mowers. For people who "dig in the dirt" either as a hobby or profession, gardening workwear is an equally important part of your gear. It needs to be comfortable, durable and functional. Gardeners and landscapers typically aren't trying to make a fashion statement with what they wear.

Work Boots

For starters, footwear is important. You want your feet to be comfortable and dry. For some jobs, wearing boots is a good idea. A good pair of boots to tramp through mud, climb over rocks and maneuver inclines. Boots also provide protection against stubbing your toe, changes in the weather, and falling tools. Look for boots that are waterproof and have a padded collar and tongue for comfort, as well as a steel toe for safety.

Non-Slip Clogs

Lawn work can cause your workwear to get stainedGardening clogs are another popular footwear option. Made of flexible waterproof plastic, clogs have slip resistant soles, are easy to slip on and off and 100% washable. Simply hose them down and let them drip dry. Clogs cost less than boots so they are an affordable footwear option.

Coveralls

Landscaping/gardening coveralls fit the description of "comfortable, durable and functional." Easy to slip on and off, coveralls can be worn comfortably over other clothing to keep it clean...or on their own. With no belt needed, there's no binding and no worries about keeping your shirttail tucked in. You'll find coveralls in a variety of durable fabrics and blends. Some are even insulated for colder weather. Coveralls are probably one of the most functional pieces of clothing a person who works outside can own with a variety of pockets, loops and zippers to help keep tools and other essentials handy and secure. Plus, they come in a wide range of unisex sizes, S to 6X.

Gardening Overalls

Gardening overalls are another popular option for both men and women because of their comfortable fit and functionality. Again, there's no need for a belt so you don't have to worry about your pants slipping down or shirttail hanging out. Bib overalls also have more pockets than just about any other piece of clothing made. You've got deep front pockets, pencil pockets, pockets for small tools and other essentials. Some even have pockets for rulers and tool loops that all come in handy. They are available in durable duck, denim and traditional hickory stripes.

Gardening Accessories

When it comes to other protective gear, no gardener should be without a pair or two of sturdy gloves. Without gloves, a gardener or landscaper is at risk of getting blisters as well as cuts and scrapes from thorns and tools. You should also protect your eyes while using power equipment by wearing regular or safety glasses. And you may need special gear when using pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals. Repeated exposure can cause skin rashes, nerve disorders, respiratory illness, and a variety of chronic diseases. Experts recommend wearing neoprene or rubber gloves, safety goggles, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and sturdy shoes when mixing chemicals.

Comfort, durability, functionality and safety are important when it comes to selecting landscaping gear and gardening workwear.