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Having an electric- or gas-powered leaf blower, really decreases the total time and effort it will take 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 time for football, and pumpkin pies. And leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. So your option is a either a leaf blower or a traditional rake, and the blisters that include it. For many who wish 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 very quickly be blown into your eyes, so make sure to wear safety goggles or glasses when using a leaf blower. Some models can generate between 70 and 75 decibels, that will be not merely annoyingly loud, but may 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 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 rules for your city before using a noisy leaf blower early during morning hours or late in the evening. Common courtesy if the next-door neighbors are entertaining or sitting around outdoors ought to be used.
What to blow
Besides fallen leaves leaf blowers also can:
Remove light snow from the walkway or car.
Clean up cobwebs from garage corners or rafters.
Get rid of lint buildup in a dryer vents.
Scatter water puddles that pool in the low spots on 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 attempting to blow all of it from one end to the other.
Having an old sheet or plastic tarp causes it to be very simple to maneuver everything if you if you simply need to move it to the curb for pickup. But if they need to be placed in bags, you’ll probably need certainly 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’ll speed up the process.