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Using an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really lessens the total time and effort it requires 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 time 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 include it. For those who wish 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 a good 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 to achieve 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 rules for your city before employing 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 ought to be used.
What to blow
Apart from fallen leaves leaf blowers can also:
Remove light snow from the walkway or car.
Tidy up cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Get rid 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 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.
Using an old sheet or plastic tarp causes it to be very simple to move everything in the event that you if you simply need to get it to the curb for pickup. But when they need to be placed in bags, you’ll probably need to skip the tarp and stuff the bags by hand. Work with a rake to clean up any stray bits. If your blower features a vacuum mode, that will move along the process.