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Leaf Blowers – Are They as Useful as You Think?

Have you got a leaf blower in your gardening arsenal? It’s a safe bet to say you bought it to save time when it comes to collecting leaves and grass cuttings. They are definitely a favorite tool for local authority gardeners. The sad truth is that this so-called time-saving piece of equipment is actually doing more harm than good. If you’re wondering why let’s share a few home truths about your leaf blower.

How Your Leaf Blower is Damaging Your Garden

The problem with a leaf blower is that it blows. Not just the leaves and grass cuttings from your garden, but the topsoil as well. Blowing away the topsoil means you’re leaving a hard layer of soil which is difficult for water and air to permeate. Did you realize that fallen leaves and cuttings are actually good for the soil? They get broken down by microbes and worms thereby returning nutrients to the soil. Always blowing them away means you’re taking away what your plants need to survive. It is far more beneficial for your garden to leave them where they are. If you can’t stand looking at them because you think they look untidy, rake them up and use them on your flower and vegetable beds as mulch.

Leaf Blowers Pollute the Atmosphere

Petrol powered blowers pollute the atmosphere, as well as spreading particles that can increase the symptoms of asthma. Let’s be honest about the noise as well. There’s nothing more disturbing on a Sunday afternoon than listening to the sound of a leaf blower being used next door.

What are the Alternatives?

It’s not that leaf blowers are inherently bad. There is a place for them in your garden tool shed. The problem occurs when they are used too often and in the wrong place. The best time to use one is for clearing grass cuttings and leaves from your patio or garden paths. The alternative for clearing up fallen leaves on your lawn or beds is to use a hand rake. Yes, it’s going to be hard work, but it will be worth it. You can add what you collect to your compost pile or spread it evenly over the lawn and mow it once again. Any excess can be added to your beds.

There is a great divide between those who do and those who don’t leaf blow. There are states and cities in America where their use is banned. Is there a case for the same in the UK? It’s going to take a large group of people complaining about the noise and damage before the subject is ever broached. There are bound to be several local authorities that won’t want to tow such a line.

Greenvale is a company based in the North West that supplies topsoil. If you’re worried about the damage you’ve caused, get in touch and we’ll help you reverse it.

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