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How To Use A Leaf Blower
Having an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really cuts down the total time and effort it takes 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 choice is a either a leaf blower or even a traditional rake, and the blisters that are included with it. For those who want 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 employing a leaf blower. Some models can generate between 70 and 75 decibels, which can be not just annoyingly loud, but may damage hearing if ear protection is not used. Try earmuffs or soft foam plugs, both work well.
As with most 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 for 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 employing a noisy leaf blower early during morning hours or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or chilling out 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 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 up into small workable sections. Move debris into several piles rather than wanting to blow it all in one end to the other.
Having an old sheet or plastic tarp helps it be very simple to move everything if you if you simply need to have it to the curb for pickup. But if 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 has a vacuum mode, that’ll accelerate the process.