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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