Leaf Blowing Tips & Tricks from a Gastonia NC Rental Company

Fall is finally here, and so are the leaves! They’re in the gutters, on the porch, in the yard, and everything in between. If you’ve got your leaf blower fired up and ready to go, here are some tips and tricks for using it effectively. If you don’t yet have a leaf blower, remember you can rent one from Gaston Rentals, freeing up your space in the garage for things you don’t just use one or two months a year!

Safety first! 

Leaf blowers are a very common sight, since they’re so effective, but don’t let their ubiquity fool you. Just like any other landscaping tool, they can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Gas-powered leaf blowers present a fire risk, and both electric and gas leaf blowers will blow debris and particulate matter into the air, where they can be inhaled. Think for a moment of all the stuff that’s been lying in your yard for the past year, and we’re sure you’ll be motivated to wear a breathing mask, as well as eye protection, protective clothing, work gloves, and sturdy, close-toed shoes. Finally, make sure to keep long hair, scarves, and jewelry up and out of the way.

Keep it away from children

There is a very popular Spongebob Squarepants episode in which the titular character has fun “playing” with a leaf blower. Children’s media such as this might inspire kids to try playing with the tool themselves when you’re away. Make sure that all children in your household understand the dangers of pointing the leaf blower at people or pets. Make sure it is stored in a secure, possibly locked environment when not being used.

Pick the right time & place

Leaf blowers are loud, and many neighborhoods and cities are considering banning them, or already have. Therefore, if you want to keep using your leaf blower, make sure you don’t use it in the early morning or late at night. You should also choose a clear, dry day when the leaves are completely dry and easy to move. 

Some final leaf blowing tips

Before you begin, put down a tarp to blow the leaves onto. This will make it easy to haul off the leaves when you’re done. If you find yourself blowing leaves on a windy fall day, try to blow with the direction of the wind rather than against it. Remember that certain nozzle attachments can help reduce dust.

Need to rent a leaf blower in Gastonia NC?

If you only use leaf blowers once or twice a year, it might make sense for you to rent one. Gaston Rental Company supplies leaf blowers and many other landscaping and construction items to residents in Gastonia, Charlotte, Shelby, Hickory, and Mooresville NC. To order a rental, click here!