Make the Best Use of a Leaf Blower

If your front yard or backyard quickly fills up with fallen leaves, a high-quality leaf blower is the most effective tool for removing unwanted lawn debris. However, before investing in a blower, it is helpful to understand the different types of blowers and the most effective leaf removal strategy. Here are some of the most important things to consider when using this garden tool:

Backpack and Handheld

There are two types of leaf blowers: backpack or handheld. Both can deliver similar performance and work on 2 stroke or 4 stroke engines. The backpack unit is appreciated for being easier to use, as there is no need to keep the weight of the tool in hand all the time. However, there are many portable devices that offer dual functions, either as a blower or as a vacuum cleaner. In addition, the latest model is cleaner and quieter than the early 90s models.


The most effective strategy for using a leaf blower is to pile up a few large piles in the yard and then place them in a bag by hand. The leaf blower is great for removing most leaves, but should not be used to remove every last leaf as this is too time consuming. Use a leaf rake to easily remove the last leaf.

If the hand-held blower has a vacuum function, it is best used for inaccessible or small jobs (bottom of fences, getting stuck around rocks, etc.), which can make the blower difficult to use. Other practical uses include removing leaves or similar debris from patios or decks.


In high winds, try to avoid this type of yard work. If the direction of the wind is different from the direction you want to blow the leaves, it can backfire. The preferred time for work is the day when the wind is almost stationary and does not affect the removal of leaves.

Wet or dry

As with timing, it makes sense to have the best conditions when using a leaf blower. On a dry day it is much easier to clean the leaves than to work shortly after the heavy rain. If you try to use a blower and the leaves barely move, the condition may be too wet. Better come back later

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