How to Use a Leaf Blower?

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    Using a Leaf Blower

    Even though you love Fall, you want your yard to look fresh and rich. But it just gets a bit tough if you have leaves fallen all over here and there. What’s worse, if you have a lot of trees and the leaves are falling like rain, you won’t have a yard to look at. 

    Well, you can use the help of a leaf blower and solve your piled-up problems. If you know how to use a leaf blower all by yourself, it would save you a lot of cash since you don’t have to hire anybody. 

    Want to know how to use it? Cool. Follow my lead so that you can grab all the know-how. I won’t just say how the device works but also how you can carry out the whole process.

    Let’s dive in.

    How to Use a Leaf Blower


    Feeling too lazy? The steps are super-easy. Just go through these simple steps and you’ll be able to get rid of the leaves within a snap.

    Make Sure You Get the Right Leaf Blower

    Of course, as everything comes in different sizes and shapes, you’ll find lots of sizes and shapes when it comes to a leaf blower. Bigger isn’t always better and the smaller ones can be disappointing as well right?

    You got to find a leaf vacuum that’s not too big or not too small for you and your yard. If you have a small yard, you can get yourself a blower which comes with less power. The corded ones can fill your cup in this case.

    However, if you own a medium-sized or let’s say a large-sized yard, it means you have to move a lot. In this case, the corded ones can be a bummer (Seriously, you can’t have a giant cord, can you?)

    So, the best alternative for you will be a battery-operated leaf blower, as in, the cordless ones.

    Choose the Right Day

    Since you’re dealing with ‘leaves’, you need to keep an eye on the weather as well. If it’s raining, you can pack your blower and call it a day. It’s because you can’t blow the leaves if they’re wet. 

    On the other hand, if it’s too windy of a day and you’re not being able to keep up with the wind, the leaves are most likely to travel in the wrong way. So, whenever the wind is making its way in the wrong direction, it’s wise for you to stop working for the day.

    In a nutshell, whenever you’re working, make sure it’s not raining and the wind is not blowing in your opposite direction.

    Decide Where the Leaves Should Go

    You’d want to haul the leaves to a certain place, yeah? So, pick the spot where you want the leaves to land on finally. While you blow the leaves, make sure you’re going to only one specific direction. 

    A tarp can come pretty handy in this case. All you need to do is place it to a spot and blow the leaves in such a way so that they land on it.

    Gear Up

    Who says heroes are the only people that need gears? You’ll need to suit up as well when you’re blowing the leaves. This will protect your eyes and ears and make your work easy as well. You can try these gears below.

     Safety Goggles

    Never forget to wear safety goggles. As you blow the leaves, it’s pretty normal for the dust to get inside your eyes. If you don’t wear goggles at all, you’re going to regret it later and you can trust me on this.

    Ear Plugs

    Blowers tend to make a hell of a big noise as you start them. This may have a negative impact on your hearing. So, you’ll need to wear a good set of earplugs to make sure your ears don’t get a hard time. 

    Working Gloves

    Not saying you need to protect your hands as well but if you want to reduce the vibration, you’ll have to wear working-gloves on your hands. Besides, they’ll help you with calluses as well.

    Start Your Leaf Blower

    If you’re using an electric leaf blower, you’ll just simply need to plug it into a power source. As for the ones that run by batteries, make sure the battery has got all the juice it needs. Otherwise, recharge it before you push the start button. Once, it’s recharged, simply push the start button to turn it on.

    On the other hand, the ones that run by gas comes with a pull-start rope. You’ll find it a bit tricky to switch on if you’re not familiar with two-stroke engines.

    Usually, they have a bulb on them which is often known as a primer.In order to ‘prime’ the gas-tank, you’ll have to push the primer bulb a couple of times.

    Press it about 3 to 8 times and you’ll be able to prime the engine. As you press it, it will put a tiny bit of fuel inside the blower.

    Once the fuel tank is full of juice, you’ll have to set the blower on. You might feel the need to adjust the engine choke as well but it actually depends on what model you’re using.
    Keeping pulling the starter rope until the engine is turned on. Somehow, if the blower is still dead even after pulling the rope more than 10 times, the engine is probably jammed. Let it rest for 15 minutes and start again.

    Get to Work

    Once the leaf blower is functioning, you’ll need to blow the leaves to the direction you want them to go. It can be where you put the tarp in the first place. You can simply start from your lawn’s left-hand corner.

    However, keep in mind not to be fussy. You can’t expect the blower to take care of the last of the leaves. Sometimes, you have to go manual and pick some leaves all by yourself.
    Once you’re sure almost all the leaves are piled up together on the tarp, fold it over the leaves. Now it’s time for you to drag the tarp away and remove the pile.

    Finally, you can dump the leaves to a compost bin and Voila! You’re all done now. Keep doing the same thing to the other corners and you’ll have the leaves removed in no-time.

     Wrapping It Up!

    See? Now that you know how to use a leaf blower, you’ll feel for sure that this is not rocket science at all. Just follow the steps I talked about and focus on your work. I’m sure you’ll complete the job in no time. 

    About the Author Todd Davis

    Todd Davis is a DIY enthusiast, traveler and writer for a long time. He has a deep understanding of all types of paint sprayers, chairs, vacuums and door hardware.

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