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Using an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really lessens amount of time and effort it will take to eliminate 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 a lot of leaves. So your decision is a either a leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that include it. For those who want to work smarter not harder, here certainly 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 remember 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 may damage hearing if ear protection isn’t used. Try earmuffs or soft foam plugs, both work well.
As with most 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 utilize your leaf blower to assure 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 your city before utilizing a noisy leaf blower early in the morning or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or hanging out outdoors must certainly be used.
What to blow
Other than fallen leaves leaf blowers also can:
Remove light snow from the walkway or car.
Remove cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Take care of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the lower 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 midst of your lawn. Break it up into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles as opposed to wanting to blow all of it from one end to the other.
Using an old sheet or plastic tarp causes it to be a piece of cake to move everything if you if you simply need to move it to the curb for pickup. But when they have to be put in bags, you’ll probably have to skip the tarp and stuff the bags by hand. Use a rake to clean up any stray bits. If your blower includes a vacuum mode, that will accelerate the process.