With autumn upon us, it’s important to have an effective way to clear fallen leaves. As pretty as it might look from a distance, fallen leaves can build up quickly on driveways, lawns, and roofs. Let’s not forget that they can also kill grass and create slipping hazards when left uncleared. Whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, or professional landscaper in need of a way to clear your leaves, we’ve got you covered.
At Elk Grove Power Equipment, we share in your passion for lawns, paths, and sidewalks that are kept clean and clear. An excellent way to get the job done quickly and effectively is with a leaf blower. We’ve gathered some essential leaf blower tips to get you started. If you’d like to check out our selection of leaf blowers, visit our dealership in Elk Grove, CA today!
Regardless of what type of machine you use when landscaping, safety should always be the top priority. When you use a leaf blower, you should wear safety goggles to prevent debris and fine dust from getting into your eyes. A face mask would also be helpful as it reduces particulate inhalation. Remember to wear sturdy work gloves that are padded to protect your hands as well as close-toed boots to protect your feet in case you drop your leaf blower. A good pair of boots will have ample tread to provide better traction on damp and slippery leaves.
If this is your first time using a leaf blower, be aware that they are extremely loud, especially the gas-powered models. You’ll want to invest in a good set of earmuffs to protect your hearing. You should also wear protective clothing and tie up long hair so it doesn’t get caught in the leaf blower while you’re working. Be sure that animals and people are out of the way before you start up your machine. Close all the windows of nearby cars and homes to prevent debris from flying inside, which can be a breathing hazard.
As you begin your leaf blowing process, try to blow the leaves with the wind instead of against it. You can also wait to use your blower on a day with no wind, which will save a great deal of energy. It’s next to impossible to get every single leaf with your blower. Focus on gathering the bulk of the leaves into large piles and worry about any excess with a rake later on. You’ll want to break up your lawn into sections and clear one at a time. As you work, create a pile of leaves for each individual selection. You shouldn’t use your machine late at night or too early in the morning. It’s best to stick to daylight hours so you can avoid disturbing your neighbors.
It’ll be easier to handle dry leaves than wet ones because when they’re dry, the leaves gather loosely rather than sticking together and to other surfaces. You should avoid blowing leaves immediately after heavy rain because it’ll be a waste of your gas and energy. Wet leaves are also much heavier than dry leaves, so you might need to resort to a rake for patches of wet leaves. If your machine has a vacuum mode, do not use it on wet leaves because it can cause a clog.
If you’re ready to start browsing your leaf blower options, stop by Elk Grove Power Equipment today! We’re conveniently located in Elk Grove, CA and would be happy to help you find the product that’s right for your needs.
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