The Art of Leaf Blowing
To many, the process of using a machine to blow leaves away may seem like a simple one, but there is actually more to it than meets the eye. For example, what is the most efficient way to get the job done? Are there any risks involved? And is there a social protocol regarding noise pollution? We take an in depth look in this article.
The first thing you are going to want to assess is the direction of the wind, if you’re constantly battling it, you’re going to be fighting a losing battle. So make sure you blow the leaves in the same direction of the wind, not only will this give a sense of consistency, it will also make the process go a lot smoother. Of course if the wind is too strong, it may be a good idea to wait for better conditions.
The next thing to take into account is protection. Whilst this is largely dependent on the specific model of leaf blower you are using, it is always a good idea to wear goggles as a significant amount of debris will be disturbed as part of the process, and it only takes a microscopic piece to potentially do damage. Besides, everyone looks cool with some cool goggles on. Earplugs are more of an optional addition that you will be more inclined to utilise depending on the decibel meter of your machine, if you are using an industrial blower, this becomes much less of an option, whereas with some of the smaller machines, you can probably get away without the plugs.
In addition to this, you may want to wear some extra protective clothing such as a high visibility jacket and steel toe cap boots depending on the power of the machine and how long you plan to be out there. If you are just blowing a few leaves off your drive, this may be unnecessary but to reiterate, it is always a good idea to wear the goggles.
It might come as no surprise to you that leaf blowers… are loud! So take this into consideration when doing it. There is no universal explicit time that is socially acceptable to start blowing leaves so it may be a good idea to have a conversation with your neighbours and just let them know your intentions, waking people up at 7am on a Sunday is a quick fire way to make some enemies! So just use a bit of common sense in this area. The same conventions need to be applied in regards to the proximity of your operation, if you are blowing leaves away from your house, make sure they don’t over spill onto your neighbours!
So take these tips and protocols and go and get rid of those evil leaves that pollute your gardens and driveways knowing that you are not a simpleton, aimlessly blowing the leaves in any which way you please, rather you are the leaf whisperer painting a leaf free canvas, happy blowing!