Autumn comes and trees shed a ton of leaves. A leaf blower can make short work of clearing the mess. And it can be used year-round. It come in handy for cleaning summer's sandy decks and winter's light snow, as well as dirty walkways and porches. Of course, its functions are more than these.
1. CLEARING LARGE AMOUNTS OF LEAVES
It seems somewhat obvious. After all, it is in their name! Never less, it apparently needs to be mentioned. Many people criticize leaf blowers for being dirty, useless devices for lazy people. Sure, everybody is entitled to an opinion, even if it is as wrong as theirs… Some people have lawns, large lawns, full of trees. Those trees shed leaves in the fall—hence the name of the season, and in most cases, it would be pretty much impossible to clear them manually in a reasonable amount of time.
Quite understandably, you shouldn't dust your shelves with a leaf blower, as seen below. But tractors, crops, roofs, cars and other large equipment or surfaces that will not be blown away by the force of the wind can be easily dusted with a single sweep.
3. REMOVING SHALLOW SNOW
Now, you will most likely not be able to clear your entire driveway if the you waited too long. After all, there are devices for that purpose—snow blowers. Still, most leaf blowers will not have an issue with shallow snow, or snow and ice on cars and roofs!
4. CLEARING PUDDLES
Sure, this one may seem somewhat unnecessary, but let's face it—Puddles are annoying. Since you already own a leaf blower, you may as well go and get rid of them.
5. DRYING SURFACES
As crazy as may sound, leaf blowers work like giant hair dryers. You shouldn't point them at your head, but in principle, the design is same. Thus, whenever you clean any surface, be it floor, car, roof, etc. instead of waiting until it dries out, which might take hours during a cold day, you can simply dry it out with a leaf blower in a matter of seconds.
6. GETTING RID OF ACORNS
Late summer through fall, oak trees can drop a fair amount of acorns. Not only may this be hazardous for people, but it also provides food to rodents and makes your lawn look messy. Start by shaking the oak trees to get as many acorns out as possible. You can then use your leaf blower to gather them up. If your blower can also vacuum, it becomes incredibly easy to collect them in a bag. If you want to mulch them, ensure that your blower's impeller is robust enough to handle it.
7. CLEARING GRASS CLIPPINGS
Raking the lawn after mowing can sometimes feel like a tedious job, but a leaf blower can make this process much easier. It's usually better to just leave the clippings on the lawn, as it allows nutrients and organic matter to return to the soil. However, if they're too long, they can ruin the look of your lawn and may just smother the grass underneath them. Ensure grass clippings are dry, then use your blower to gather them (at low speed if they're on a sidewalk). If your blower can turn into a mulcher, do not hesitate to make good use of this feature in order to turn your clippings into compost.
8. MAINTAINING YOUR ASTROTURF OR ARTIFICIAL GRASS
It's very important to make sure that your artificial lawn is kept clean, so that it doesn't get damaged. Always remove debris, weed and leaves immediately. Using a leaf blower is an easy way to get it done quickly and efficiently. Make sure to pay attention to the infill, which is the substance, often sand, which is used to allow the fiber to rebound up after being stepped on, protect the turf's foundation, provide drainage and keep the blades upright. If your artificial grass has an infill (as it's the case with AstroTurf), make sure to use your blower at a low power setting and do not vacuum the grass, as you may suck some infill up and ruin your artificial lawn.
9. BLOWING PINE NEEDLES AWAY
As pine needles are extremely small and lightweight, they might end up on your lawn, driveway, sidewalk, or deck, even if you don't have any pine trees! If they're wet, ensure your blower is powerful enough (ideally a decent gas backpack blower) in order to get them out of the way and gather them in a convenient place. If they're dry, some less powerful blowers could do the trick. If you intend to vacuum them, ensure your blower vac has sufficient suction power.
10. CLEARING YOUR ROOF SHINGLES
The roof is probably the least accessible part of a house. It's also one that easily gets dirty and scattered with various types of debris like leaves, sticks, branches, pine straw, acorns, etc. Not only do these debris make your roof look bad, they can also cause roof damage and leaks (they can create small dams that prevent rainfall from leaving the rooftop). Although you can easily clean your roof shingles by hand, you'll have to bend a lot, which can become a serious hazard if you don't follow proper roof safety procedures. The leaf blower is a convenient and fast way to do this task, as it will not require you to bend all the time.
11. TAKING FUNNY PICTURES OR VIDEOS
If you're ever bored and don't know what to do with your leaf blower, you can use it to take some funny pictures or videos of yourself (or a friend). The power of the air expelled will surely distort your face, leading to memorable and funny moments that you can catch on camera. But please pay attention to avoiding getting injury!
3 ODD QUESTIONS ON LEAF BLOWER USAGE
Now that we got you all hyped up about leaf blowers, we must curb you down a bit. Leaf blowers are versatile, sure, but you can't just point them at any problem at hand and expect them to solve it. Thus, we have prepared a very short FAQ for this purpose.
Can I use a leaf blower to dry a dog?
Not unless it's taxidermized.
Can I use a leaf blower to clean the house?
Yes and no. In principle, it's a stupid idea, since everything that is not nailed down will quite literally fly away. Still, if you are cleaning out an empty room, for example after a paint job, it might not be such a bad idea!
Can we use leaf blowers to inflate stuff?
Possibly, but there is no real way to ensure that it can be done safely without safety valves, especially in small volumes. Unless it is a jumping castle, we would not recommend inflating anything with a leaf blower.
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