Using an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really lessens the time and effort it requires to get rid of 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 plenty of leaves. So your decision is a the leaf blower or perhaps a traditional rake, and the blisters that come with it. For many who desire to work smarter not harder, here are a few tips from the experts before getting started.
Small sticks, leaves, grit, and other debris can quickly be blown into your eyes, so make sure to wear safety goggles or glasses when employing a leaf blower. Some models can generate between 70 and 75 decibels, which is not merely 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 an excellent set 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 find the calmest, driest day possible. Some local ordinances limit the operation of power tools to certain hours, so check the rules for the city before employing a noisy leaf blower early morning or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or sitting around outdoors must certainly be used.
Things to blow
Apart from fallen leaves leaf blowers may also:
Remove light snow from a walkway or car.
Remove cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Get rid of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the low spots in 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 trying to blow all of it in one end to the other.
Using an old sheet or plastic tarp helps it be very simple to maneuver everything in the event that you when you just need to move it to the curb for pickup. But when they need to be placed in bags, you’ll probably need to forget the tarp and stuff the bags by hand. Make use of a rake to finish up any stray bits. If your blower features a vacuum mode, that will move along the process.