Green Tips:: Don’t Blow It!

The leaves are changing color from green to a beautiful array of gold, red and orange. Shortly the leaves will fall and the buzzing willl begin. The buzzing? Yes, the buzzing. You guessed it, the buzzing of leaf blowers.

Did you know that besides being the perpetrator of that horrible buzzing noise, that leaf blowers are horrible on the environment and our health? A single hour of leaf blowing pollutes the air the same way that driving your car for 350 miles does. However, when you are driving a car for 350 miles, you are usually traveled a far distance, not driving around in your back yard or neighborhood. The pollution that the leaf blowers emit stay concentrated in your general area {your neighborhood} spewing a toxic cocktail of smoke, dust, allergens and other fine particles that are then inhaled by you, your neighbors, children and pets. So, blow off using the leaf blower and grab a couple of rakes instead. Raking your leaves is excellent exercise, fun to do with the kids and won’t hurt the environment, your lungs or your neighbors ears.

Do you blow or rake your leaves?
What are your thought?

6 Responses to Green Tips:: Don’t Blow It!

  1. jengd October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    Definitely rake. The nice thing is we can rake them into the woods behind our house and forget we ever saw them. And since the woods are downhill the leaves from those trees don’t end up in the yard. Yea! 🙂

  2. Sweet Greens October 14, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    Hi jengd, That is nice, I would love to have the woods behind our house again. That was always so lovely.

  3. Kitty October 14, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

    This is so true, and one of my pet peeves!! Not to mention the fact that leaf blowers aren’t efficient at doing what they’re designed to do anyway–get the leaves in piles! They drive me mad! I have never used one, but I would imagine they are somewhat heavy… so how is that easier than using a rake? I don’t understand it. I’m 110% for eliminating leaf blowers entirely… Heck, I would even offer to rake the lawns of all my neighbors if they’d only get rid of their blowers…… Great feature!

  4. Sweet Greens October 15, 2009 at 12:07 am #

    Hi Kitty,
    Agreed. I see people using them and the leaves are blowing all over the place, not into a pile. I haven’t used one either, but they do seem heavy and bulky. Let’s start a raking revolution.
    Sweet Greens.

  5. EtsyOrganicTeam October 15, 2009 at 2:10 pm #

    Leaf blowers are one of my least favorite inventions. It always puzzles me to see people blowing leaves and glass clippings into the streets. Don’t they realize that they’re creating a horrible racket and polluted fog only for the leaves and grass to be blown back into their yards? Thanks for posting this!

  6. Sweet Greens October 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    Hi EtsyOrganicTeam,
    I don’t get it either and I agree the leaves and grass do just blow back.
    Sweet Greens.

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