electric Toro Super Blower/Vac
We need to change to electric vacuum mulchers.
Small gasoline engines are notorious polluters, not to mention viciously loud. And, what they do is blow leaves from one person’s yard into, eventually, other people’s yards…where other people with gasoline-powered leaf-blowers will continue the cycle.
Some communities have decided that there is only so much stupidity that can reasonably be tolerated. And since there is no market force that will stop the GPLBs, laws are the only solution.
Now, it is certainly possible to “leave your leaves.” The heck with the appearance. But in the first place, these leaves will kill anything, like grass, underneath them. And they will mildew as they rot, not to mention their acid content. And, they stain your concrete.
Raking: yes, the time-honored method still works. But, talk about a waste of time. And then you have to pick them up and do something with the enormous mass. Lawn sweepers are faster, but bulky, and have the same limitations as raking.
Another alternative: mulch the leaves with your lawnmower. This works, although it still involves, in many cases, the small gasoline engine. And, I can’t recommend it for irregular areas, stone yards, and it obviously won’t get the leaves out of your hedges and plants.
Here’s a good alternative for most of us: Go down to your hardware store and look for the Toro Super Blower Vac, a powerful electric item that you can use to vacuum up your leaves, if you have small problem areas. If you want to use it for larger areas, you first use it to blow the leaves into a big pile, then suck them up, mulching them into a small volume as you do so. Costs about 60 bucks and produces air flow as good as the gasoline ones. It will clean your hedges, though that requires a bit of muscle power to horse the thing around. It comes with a strap to help stabilize it.
Sure, you have to have a long extension cord, plug it in…but come on, you don’t have to keep a gasoline can on hand, with the oil blending, blah blah.
It makes some noise, of course, but nothing like the penetrating gas engines.
I hope that more communities will outlaw the gasoline blowers, and that even without new laws, people will start converting to electric, and putting pressure on their “yard guys” to also do so.