A leaf blower sounds simple to use. You turn it on, point it towards some pesky leaves, then blow them away, right? Well, there’s a lot more to it than you would think. In this post, we will show you how to use a leaf blower properly.
How to use a leaf blower safely
Leaf blowers aren’t the most dangerous tool in the world or anything, but there are some precautions you should take, mainly protection for your eyes and ears.
For your eyes, wear some safety goggles. When you’re blowing, stuff can get in your eyes. Tiny sticks can possibly fly at you and hurt you. Dust can blind you. Wear proper eye protection and you’re golden.
With ear protection, it can make the leaf blower less noisy. Leaf blowers are not quiet, and if your ears are sensitive, or you’re going to be using the blower for a while, it can end up damaging your ears. Make sure you have some earplugs in.
There are some other protection you should wear, too. Hide your hair so the leaves and debris don’t get in it. Wear protective clothing to avoid rocks or anything hitting your skin too hard. You don’t need to wear a hazmat suit, but use a little common sense.
Finally, do not leave a leaf blower unattended. It could blow away, or a child or pet could possibly play with it. Some blowers will turn off automatically if you keep the finger off the trigger, but even then, put it in a safe place.
Can you use a leaf blower quietly?
Some leaf blowers are quieter than others, obviously, but no leaf blower is truly quiet. They’re quite noisy, and some places have regulated their use, or banned them outright.
In order to find out if a leaf blower is banned or regulated, do your research. See what the regulations are and pick a leaf blower that has the right decibel count.
Otherwise, use common sense. Wear ear plugs, and don’t use a blower super early in the morning or late at night, when people are likely to be asleep. Just practice common decency.
When is it most effective to blow or vacuum leaves?
Seasonally, the fall is usually the time to use the leaf blower. For one thing, that’s when the leaves will be falling, so that’s when most people will require one. For another, that’s when the leaves are drier and easier to blow.
What about the time? The time you vacuum the leaves doesn’t matter minus a little bit of decency. Unless you live in the middle of nowhere, you shouldn’t vacuum too early or too late because it can wake up your neighbors.
Weather-wise, you shouldn’t vacuum when it’s raining. Rain could damage the blower, and wet leaves are tough to vacuum.
What about when it’s windy? Wind can help move the leaves in the right direction or fight against you. This all depends on where the wind is blowing and where you’re blowing.
Can you use a leaf vacuum on wet leaves?
Vacuuming wet leaves does require a little bit more power, as wet leaves are heavier. Because of that, cheaper vacuums may not be able to handle the job, but some can. In fact, if you have a vacuum that can suck up wet leaves, there is an advantage. When you mulch the leaves, their wetness will create less dust. Less dust, less fuss.
As for blowing them, it can be difficult to do, and it should be avoided.
Can you use a leaf vacuum on gravel?
If you have some leaves that are in gravel, how can you get them out? With your vacuum, use the lowest setting. Because gravel is heavier, the leaves should come out, but the gravel should not. Obviously, you should avoid sucking in gravel if you can.
Things to Avoid
- Avoid pointing the leaf blower at people or pets, or at houses or other structures. You should especially avoid pointing it at an open door.
- Avoid using the leaf blower too early or too late. We’ve said this three times now, but no one wants to be woken up by a leaf blower.
- Avoid using it when the weather is bad.
- Avoid keeping a leaf blower on when it’s unattended.
- Do not use the blower to spread fertilizer or chemicals.
- Avoid sucking up garbage or anything besides leaves or twigs.
- Avoid using the leaf blower in areas where it’s banned.
Leaf blowers are not hard to use, but there are some precautions and tips you should consider before using them. Follow the rules, and you can rid your yard of any leaves with ease. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask us.