Make the most of the leaf blower
If you have a front or back yard that quickly fills with fallen leaves, a high-quality leaf blower is the most effective tool for removing unwanted lawn debris. But before you invest in a leaf blower, it can be helpful to have an idea of the different types of blowers and the most effective strategies for cleaning leaves. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when using this piece of garden equipment:
Backpack vs. carry-on
The leaf blower is divided into two types: backpack or handheld models. Both can provide similar performance and run on a 2 or 4 stroke engine. Backpacks are rated as easier to use because you don’t need to constantly hold the weight of the tool in your hands. But there are many handheld devices that provide dual function and can act as both a fan and a vacuum cleaner. Also, the latest models are much cleaner and quieter than the early 1990s models.
The most effective strategy for using the leaf blower is to create several large piles in the garden and then transfer them to a bag by hand. A fan is great for cleaning most of the leaves, but it shouldn’t be used to clean every last leaf as it would take too much time. The last leaves are easily cleaned with a leaf rake.
If the hand blower has a vacuum function, this is best used on less accessible or smaller jobs (fence bases, jammed around rocks, etc.) that would make the blower difficult to use. Other practical applications include cleaning leaves or similar debris from the patio or deck.
Try to avoid this type of garden work when there is a strong wind. If the wind is blowing in a different direction than you want the leaves to blow, it can be very counterproductive. A preferred time for work is a day when the wind is almost calm and will not affect the removal of leaves.
Wet or dry
Like the weather, it makes sense to have the best possible conditions when using your leaf blower. It is much easier to clear leaves on a dry day compared to working shortly after a rain storm. If you try to use the blower and the leaves barely move, the conditions may be too humid. It would be better to come back later.