Best Practice with your
Leaf Blower

Here's how to get the best use out of your leaf blower.

Best Practice with your Leaf Blower

Plan where you want your leaves to ultimately end up. Put a sheet in the chosen spot, so it’s easier to carry all of the leaves to your compost heap or to bag them.

Work in one direction only especially if there’s a breeze, try and work with it rather than against it; this will help to collect ll of the leaves in just one area. 

Hold the blower at your side and point at the ground at a shallow angle. Use a smooth back-and-forth motion as you walk slowly with the leaf blower in front of you.

Blowers work best on dry leaves, grass clippings, and thin twigs; but keep in mind that on a hard surface they move much more easily than those on a lawn. If you are working on your driveway, turn the setting to the lowest power.  

Dry leaves are easier to remove with a blower than wet leaves.

Remember to wear eye protection, as small sticks, leaves, and other debris can easily get blown upwards.

A general advice with all of the landscaping chores is to wear a pair of long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, and a good pair of gloves will protect you from dirt, scratches, and cuts.

Never point the working end of a leaf blower toward people or pets.

Common courtesy asks for a self-imposed ban too early or too late or when next-door neighbours are entertaining or enjoying the outdoors.

A blower is not just for leaves! You could also:

  • Blow light snow off a car or a path
  • Dust off cobwebs from the shed
  • Scatter puddles of water that linger on your driveway
  • Dry your car after washing
  • Clean the gutters