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Utilizing an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really lessens the total time and effort it requires 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 season for football, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. So your decision is a the leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that come with it. For folks 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 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 could 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 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 utilize your leaf blower to assure 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 the 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 should be used.
Things to blow
Besides 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 lowest spots in your driveway.
Plan an attack
Don’t fight the wind, try and work with it rather than against it. Start at the edges, especially near shrubs and trees, and blow toward the center of your lawn. Break it down into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles rather than wanting to blow it all from the opposite end to the other.
Utilizing an old sheet or plastic tarp makes it very simple to maneuver everything in the event that you when you just need to have it to the curb for pickup. But when they have to be put into bags, you’ll probably have to not use 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 speed up the process.