Even if you only have one tree in your yard, you need to invest in a good leaf blower. Ignoring the leaves not only creates a soggy mess that makes it difficult for next spring’s grass to grow, but also invites a large number of rodents and insects that want to take shelter from the cold under the leaves on your property.
The challenge is choosing the leaf blower that’s perfect for you.
Factors to consider when selecting a leaf blower include:
- The amount of leaves and other material (such as sand off a deck) on which you’ll use the leaf blower
- The size of your property
- Neighborhood restrictions
- How easily you can handle the leaf blower
- Special features
Check Neighborhood Restrictions
If you live in the city or a sub-division, check and find out what restrictions are in place regarding leaf blowers. Not only do some neighborhoods have limits on the decibel range, but will also allow the leaf blower to only be used at certain times of the day.
What Power Source Works Best for You
You have three choices: gas, battery, or electric. There are pros and cons to both types of power.
Gas powered leaf blowers are very powerful, making them a great choice for large properties and properties that have several trees. Since you're free of an electrical cord, you’ll enjoy more independence and can reach each corner of your property. The biggest drawback to gas leaf blowers is the size; they can be heavy which is a problem for some petite people as well as those with back problems.
Battery-powered leaf blowers are small enough that they don’t require a backpack, making them a good choice for tight areas and individuals who have back problems. They also require a bit less maintenance than gas leaf blowers. The downside to battery-powered leaf blowers is that they’re not as powerful and won’t be as helpful if you have large amounts of leaves.
Electric-powered leaf blowers are quieter than the gas powered ones, making them a good choice for neighborhoods with strict noise regulations. They’re also lighter and easier to handle than gas-powered models. The biggest challenge presented by electric leaf blowers is that they can only reach as far the extension cord you have them plugged into.
How Comfortable is the Leaf Blower
The most important thing to consider when choosing a leaf blower is how easily you can handle it. If it’s a backpack style, make sure you put it on and that it’s something you can move easily in. If you’re going to use a handheld, battery-powered leaf blower, make sure it’s light enough for you to easily manage.
Hurst Farm Supply has everything needed to get your lawn ready for winter.