BEST PRACTICE WITH YOUR LEAF BLOWER
- Plan where you want your leaves to ultimately end up. Put a sheet in the chosen spot, so it’s easier to carry all of the leaves to your compost heap or to bag them.
- Work in one direction only especially if there’s a breeze, try and work with it rather than against it; this will help to collect ll of the leaves in just one area.
- Hold the blower at your side and point at the ground at a shallow angle. Use a smooth back-and-forth motion as you walk slowly with the leaf blower in front of you.
- Blowers work best on dry leaves, grass clippings, and thin twigs; but keep in mind that on a hard surface they move much more easily than those on a lawn. If you are working on your driveway, turn the setting to the lowest power.
- Dry leaves are easier to remove with a blower than wet leaves.
- Remember to wear eye protection, as small sticks, leaves, and other debris can easily get blown upwards.
- A general advice with all of the landscaping chores is to wear a pair of long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, and a good pair of gloves will protect you from dirt, scratches, and cuts.
- Never point the working end of a leaf blower toward people or pets.
- Common courtesy asks for a self-imposed ban too early or too late or when next-door neighbours are entertaining or enjoying the outdoors.
A blower is not just for leaves! You could also:
- Blow light snow off a car or a path
- Dust off cobwebs from the shed
- Scatter puddles of water that linger on your driveway
- Dry your car after washing
- Clean the gutters
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