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Having an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really cuts down 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 season for football, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. Lots and a lot of leaves. So your decision is a whether leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that include it. For those who desire to work smarter not harder, here really are a few tips from the experts before getting started.
Small sticks, leaves, grit, and other debris can certainly 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 will be not just annoyingly loud, but could damage hearing if ear protection isn’t used. Try earmuffs or soft foam plugs, both work well.
As with many landscaping type jobs, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a good 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 guidelines for your city before utilizing a noisy leaf blower early during morning hours or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or hanging out outdoors must be used.
What to blow
Besides fallen leaves leaf blowers may also:
Remove light snow from a walkway or car.
Tidy up cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Take care of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the lower 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 up into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles as opposed to wanting to blow all of it in one end to the other.
Having an old sheet or plastic tarp makes it a breeze to move everything if you if you simply need to have it to the curb for pickup. But if they must be put in bags, you’ll probably need certainly to skip 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 may speed up the process.