It’s time for fall and that means leaves, leaves, and more leaves. The easiest and the least back-breaking way to handle the deluge, is with a leaf blower or a blower vac (blower vacuum).
The first thing you’ll need when blowing leaves is ear protection. While many people skip this step, leaf blowing can be a loud activity and you don’t want to damage your hearing doing yard work. You may also want to wear eye protection, as debris can fly up in any direction if the wind is up.
With noise in mind, choose an appropriate time of day to do your blowing. Doing it too early or too late can annoy your neighbors. Be considerate of those around you.
Next, wait for a dry day. Wet leaves tend to stick to the ground, landscape features, and everything else and are hard to fully remove, so wait until you have dry leaves and you’ll have an easier time of it.
Then, lay out a big tarp. If you blow the pile of leaves onto a tarp you’ll be able to drag them over to compost, or bag them up, more easily.
Don’t make the pile TOO big or you won’t be able to drag or bag it easily. Working a little bit at a time may actually be faster than doing the whole task in one shot.
Don’t forget under and around trees and shrubs. Starting with these areas and blowing leaves into the middle of the yard can often be the best way to go.
Finally, you may still want to rake a bit after blowing to do the finishing touches, but the work will be cut way down if you use the blower first and save the raking for later.
STIHL makes a wide variety of leaf blowers and shredder vacs; from their BGE-1 Electric Blower, and the SH 86 C-E SHREDDER/VACUUM, all the way up to their heavyweight champ, the BR-800 C-EZ Magnum Backpack Blower. You can find STIHL blowers as well as the people who know them best at Brinkmann’s Hardware. If you have questions about which is the right blower for your job you can just go into Brinkmann’s and ask. They’ll steer you in the right direction.