How to Use a Leaf Blower
A leaf blower is a common replacement to a rake and is a versatile tool that will become invaluable to your landscape tool collection. Leaf blowers are perfect for anyone unable to handle the physical strain of the fall leaf collection.
Leaf blowers prove their versatility in the fact that most are able to vacuum, clean gutters and blow snow. It is well worth the extra money to purchase a multi task leaf blower. Some blowers come with a mulching mechanism, and others with innovative ways to carry the blower such as a backpack, or trash can connection. Regardless of the leaf blower that is chosen, it is important to be able to use it with ease.
If the leaf blower begins to vibrate it is a good idea to take a break. Some leaf blowers vibrate through the whole process and this can be wearing on hands and arms, causing the operator to become tired as the process wears on.
Leaf blowing should be conducted on a completely dry day. If there is moisture in the leaves they will stick to each other creating more mess than anything. Once the leaves are wet they become impossible to blow – and will stick to the ground and other surfaces. As well as dry, the day should be relatively wind free. Leaf blowing on a windy day equals a whole bunch of headaches.
Proper safety apparel should be worn before attempting any type of outdoor maintenance work. Ear protection should be worn as leaf blowing can be very loud. Eye protection is important because leaves could blow into the air and obstruct your vision – even damaging it. Gloves will protect your hands from grime and dirt that is on the leaves, as well as blisters from working the machinery.
Choose an area of the yard where you are going to pile the leaves. This should be in a secluded area that is accessible from the entire property. It is important to lay a tarp, or have bags ready for the leaves to be piled into. This destination is where the leaves are going to be blown to. It is important that it be a dry area as well. A family member or friend is helpful to be stationed there and pack the leaves as they are blown. This makes for easy cleanup or immediate disposal into bags.
Leaf bags can be obtained from your local home and garden store, or grocer for a relatively low price of four dollars per bundle. These bags are collected by the city in most areas and makes for easy preparation and collection. These paper bags are safer for the environment and leave little waste.
Leaf blowers are unable to move large piles of leaves at one time. It is important to start a leaf blowing destination where the leaves will move cohesively to the proper area. A popular choice to begin is the opposite edge of the yard while moving in an upwards motion to create a path for the leaves. Once you choose a path it is important to stick with it – as it becomes confusing if you are choosing a random method of collection. Blow in the same direction, this will being more leaves to the destination.
Slowly blow the leaves towards the tarp moving it slightly away when reaching the tarp as to not disturb the leaves that are already present. It is important that you move slowly in fluid motion when blowing leaves towards the tarp area. If there are a large amount of leaves it is likely that this will take a period of time. Leaf blowing is efficient but can turn into a disaster if attempted in a nonchalant motion. It is important to take proper care with the machine, and the movements that you are making.
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