Autumn is around the corner and the regular dropping of the leaves falls with it. The turning colors and falling leaves signify a slowing down in the year and a time to enjoy the changing seasons for many people this is a favorite time. For others, though, particularly gardeners and owners of large properties with many plants, the fall of the autumn leaf may be something similar to a nightmare of frequent drain blockages and gutters full of sodden mulch. Following heavy rainfall, patios and garages tend to’ build’ leaves and paths are muddy and dangerous. Luckily, aid is available in the form of the garden leaf blower, one of the most popular outdoor cleaning devices.
The simple leaf blower has come to the rescue of gardeners and property owners for many years, avoiding countless hours of work behind a lawn rake and wheelbarrow. The consumer nowadays has a huge choice with costs ranging tremendously. You get what you’re paying for, however; some of the available cheap petrol leaf blowers will vibrate so much over a short period of use that they leave you feeling very numb! If you’re experimenting with the idea of buying a garden blower to make your workload easier, you might want to weigh a few choices before moving ahead.
Second, thinking at the scale of your garden and knowing how much leaf clearing you are going to do will be prudent. If your property is limited and you have very few leafy plants in your backyard, purchasing an electric leaf blower will be a wise move. When you have a nearby power supply, it will be incredibly easy to operate an electric blower without having to worry about sticky mixtures of petrol. With several well-known brands making several perfectly acceptable equipment, some of the best electric blowers are not exactly the most costly on the market.
The vacuum function that many vendors now sell, often as a standard feature, is another option to consider when purchasing a garden blower. Turning your leaf blower into a blower vacuum will not only provide you with 2 in 1 devices, it will also encourage you to suck up loads of garden leaves in no time! When you decide to purchase an electric blower, you will notice it already has a built-in vacuum feature. Most of these electrical devices are referred to as electrical blower vacs, or a very similar term, and will have a very basic method of transitioning from blower to vacuum, generally through a strategically located lever.
If you have a large property, a garden with plenty of trees and shrubs, or you don’t have a close-up power source, a cordless leaf blower is your best option. Use a fuel blower only if you choose the cordless alternative because the battery-powered devices are not capable of producing enough strength for extreme leaf clearing. Hand-held petrol leaf blowers are capable of producing extremely powerful air currents, with the most efficient leaf blowers delivering up to 200 mph air speeds! With this great strength at your disposal, large areas of leaves can be swept up in good time, helping you to get on with other more important tasks.
Petrol leaf blowers are often provided with a vacuum system either as usual or as an extra addition. As with mechanical leaf blower vacuums, it can be achieved in a short space of time to suck up large amounts of leaves. Another feature seen in the vast majority of blower vacs nowadays is the mulching ability provided by small metal blades located within the blower’s impellor device. The mulching or shredding feature decreases the amount of gathered leaves, sometimes by a ratio of up to 16:1, thereby reducing the number of times the collection bag has to be filled. Once these leaves have been harvested and put in your garden’s dark corner, the next year will surely result in outstanding compost!
If you buy a gasoline or an electronic leaf blower, try to compare some similar type of leaf blowers and make sure you get the features that are essential to your needs. Check the design tables issued by many suppliers and pay special attention to each machine’s vibration and noise rates. Owing to their reduced vibration and pollutant qualities, electronic devices are often the safest in built-up environments. You may also want to share the use of the leaf blower with a friend or neighbour who may have different physical characteristics than yourself, so take their desires into account as well. Last but not least, it’s always better to choose a tool that you believe might be somewhat overwhelmed to meet your needs; there’s nothing worse than walking out into the garden to find out that your new leaf blower thinks you’re still using a rake and a wheelbarrow!