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Utilizing an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really decreases the total time and effort it will take to remove leaves and debris from your yard. This annual autumn lawn maintenance ritual cleans up your yard, preserves your curb appeal, and helps your grass stay healthy. Fall is the favorite season for football, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. So your decision is a either a leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that are included with it. For folks who want to work smarter not harder, here are a few tips from the experts before getting started.
Small sticks, leaves, grit, and other debris can easily be blown into your eyes, so make sure to wear safety goggles or glasses when utilizing a leaf blower. Some models can generate between 70 and 75 decibels, which is not just annoyingly loud, but could damage hearing if ear protection is not used. Try earmuffs or soft foam plugs, both work well.
As with many landscaping type jobs, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a great pair of gloves will protect you from dirt, cuts, and hopefully poison ivy. Never aim the leaf blower toward people or pets, except maybe cats (just kidding).
When to use your leaf blower for the best results
Wet leaves are near impossible to blow, so select the calmest, driest day possible. Some local ordinances limit the operation of power tools to certain hours, so check the principles for your city before utilizing a noisy leaf blower early morning or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or chilling out outdoors must be used.
What things to blow
Other than fallen leaves leaf blowers may also:
Remove light snow from the walkway or car.
Cleanup cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Take care of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the low spots on your driveway.
Plan an attack
Don’t fight the wind, try and use it as opposed to against it. Start at the edges, especially near shrubs and trees, and blow toward the middle of your lawn. Break it down into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles as opposed to wanting to blow everything from one end to the other.
Utilizing an old sheet or plastic tarp causes it to be very simple to move everything if you when you just need to get it to the curb for pickup. But if they must be placed in bags, you’ll probably have to skip the tarp and stuff the bags by hand. Make use of a rake to completely clean up any stray bits. If your blower features a vacuum mode, it will move along the process.