What is the point of a leaf blower? Where are the leaves intended to go? Do women ever use them?
I crack up every time I see someone using a leaf blower. It's not taking up leaves; it's blowing them elsewhere...sort of like lifting up a rug and sweeping things under it. When I think about it, I can't remember seeing a woman using a leaf blower. That cracks me up. What do you think?
I think they're meant to be used to blow the leaves into a pile where they can then be bagged and disposed of. In practice, it seems that they're used to annoy the neighbors and blow the leaves off of your property so they become someone else's problem.
I would rather spend an entire afternoon with a rake than 20 minutes with a leaf blower.
It's funny because I don't often see people putting the leaves in bags or trash cans. Leaf blowers out there, do you dispose of your leaves? I really do think it's funny that leaf blowers are usually men...hmmmmmm.....
Now that you mention it, I don't recall ever seeing a woman using a leaf blower. Stereotypically, most men seem to like their power tools. Given the choice, I prefer quiet.
I use a rake for the majority of my property but I use a leaf blower to get the leaves out of small/tight spaces that are not easily accessible with a rake. For example, my backyard has a rock wall on one side and the leaves collect in between those rocks. Then they get wet when it rains and it becomes a big sloppy mess. I also have a walkway that is not paved, but covered with stone and gravel. If I used a rake it would also rake away all the stones, so I use a blower to remove the leaves from there.
Well, rakes don't pick up leaves either. They too, simply move them into piles which then need to be picked up by hand. But, whether raking or blowing it isn't unusual for someone to quit at the pile stage and not finish the job. that isn't the fault of a tool, but of the owner.
There are some advantages to leaf blowers (besides reducing manual labor). A rake will always break stuff into little pieces and some of it you will never get up. A rake also digs at the grass.
A nice way to use a leaf blower is to lay down a tarp and blow the leaves on to it. That makes bagging a little easier and doesn't leave behind a pile of tiny debris.
I see woman use leaf blowers all the time. They just use the husband attachment with it.
The tarp sounds like a great way to do it. The husband attachment cracks me up. I'm surprised there isn't a cup holder for a beer on leaf blowers.
I often see people blowing leaves and other debris out of their yards and into the street. That's a problem with the owner and not the tool. When I had a larger yard, I used the tarp method, but with a rake rather than a noisemaker...er leaf blower.
A leaf blower does blow the leaves, but it is difficult to get them in a pile, unless you are an expert. I don't see people using blowers in my area or rakes either. i think they just get lazy and let the leaves fall and blow where they go by themselves. In our yard, the trees are fir trees, so we don't have that problem, but they have diseases and must be sprayed regularly. Now,I want to read a hub about trees and their issues. Sounds interesting..
by Catherine Tally 3 years ago
Leaf blowers are inefficient, cause both air and noise pollution, and ruin the topsoil. There are movements to ban them. What do YOU think??
by Karen Wilton 6 years ago
If man can invent a gun silencer why is the leaf blower so noisy?Those gardening gadgets are so noisy and the leaf blower has been listed in surveys as the single most annoying noise from the neighbor. Why hasn't a silencer for the leaf blower been invented yet?
by Karen Wilton 7 years ago
If man can invent an attachment to a gun to silence the gunshot why can't he invent something to soothe the sound of the leaf blower?
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