There’s nothing we can do about falling leaves, and after all, trees are things of beauty that we love to have around our property. Whether you have a lot of trees or one or two, when it comes to the fall, you’re going find leaves all over your yard. They can look unsightly, and you need to get rid of them, so how do you go about it?
Many people will grab a large, stiff broom and start brushing the leaves away. This is a good idea, and one that has been used for many years, but it’s hard work. Leaves can be difficult to move, and also you might have a large area to cover. So, if you have a smaller yard, you can brush up daily, but it’s still a chore and one that takes up a lot of your time.
Many people utilize a jet wash to get rid of leaves, and this can be a surprisingly effective way of getting the job done. A high-pressure jet of water is going to shift leaves into a pile that you can then easily get rid of, and pretty quickly! But, it uses a lot of water – which will cost you money – and a lot of homes don’t have a jet wash. So, we arrive at the best option of all – using leaf blowers to round up the fallen leaves into a neat pile, and then getting rid of them. What are leaf blowers, and what do you need to know about them? That’s what we’re here to talk about!
What is a Leaf Blower?
Leaf blowers come in a variety of types and are offered by many name-brands that operate in the garden and household tools sectors. These are actually simple devices, and are designed for one specific purpose – to shift leaves! Now, bear in mind that a leaf blower will not get rid of the leaves from your yard. What it will do is move them from all over the place into one or more handy piles as you direct them, from where you can scoop them up with a shovel and into the bins, or perhaps onto a fire.
How do they work? A leaf blower is a hand-held device – although sometimes quite a large one – that is powered by electricity or in the case of more powerful, commercial use models, sometimes by a gas engine. The gas engine or electric motor turns a fan inside the machine, which creates a rush of air down a tube; when pointed at the leaves, the air sends them where you want them to go – it’s really that simple! So, what type do you need?
Choosing a Leaf Blower
How do you choose the best leaf blower for you? Following are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you start looking:
- How big is your yard?
- How often are you going to need to clear leaves?
- What is your budget?
- Do you want gas or electric powered?
Each of those is important as, when you start looking, you will see that there is a lot of choice in terms of brands, models, power, and price, and you need to start drawing up a shortlist. Do you really need a gas-powered model, for example?
In most cases, the answer would be that an electric model would suffice, but if you have a particularly large yard with a lot of trees, you may find the convenience of a gas model – which is not limited to mains cable length or battery life – is the better bet. It will, however, be heavier than an electric model and less portable, so the latter may be your best choice.
Buying a leaf blower may be a sensible idea, and once you’ve used one for the first time, you will realize just how easy they make clearing the leaves from your garden. Read through the customer reviews and ask around your friends for advice, as they are becoming more popular these days, and look for the best deals on the model that you think is best for you. Enjoy your garden free of leaves!