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Leaf-Blowers: Net Negative

Leaf-Blowers: Net Negative - Limit Their Use?

I'm considering launching a campaign to limit or eliminate the use of leaf-blowers.  Here's why:

Every week, gardeners at our neighboring houses use their leaf-blowers to gather and move leaves and related debris from our neighbors' yards.  However, a good portion of the detritus is never picked-up, but is simply blown out into the street – where the breeze blows it into OTHER yards – or directly from one yard into another.

Net result?

- No detritus removed

- Noise pollution, without any positive balance.

- Gasoline engine pollution (many are 2-stroke engines, very inefficient and highly carbon producing)

- Dust, pollen and other debris blown into the air

Perhaps we’d be better off severely restricting their use.  Who else feels this same way?

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andrei June 10, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Good luck finding a gardener, if the ban is in place. Funny how people who never clean their yard come up with "grand" ideas.
DanC June 11, 2011 at 02:49 AM
Everyone knows: The people who complain about the noise and nuisance of leaf blowers and the litany of technical complaints as above are not REALLY complaining about those things but about WHO are operating the leaf blowers. To Chris Yonts above: If you are so concerned about the gardening services that your neighbors use, complain to them (who don't share your xenophobia).
DanC June 14, 2011 at 05:26 AM
Yeah, I've read the BofR. Leaf blowing is covered by the 1st Amendment, the freedom of expression. Shove those ear plugs in your ears and don't look out the window when they're blowing leaves and dust from your neighbor's yard to yours.
Jim B January 24, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Rather than outright ban the blowers, I would like to see a limit placed on the time duration that they are used, based on the size of the property. I have witnessed gardeners take 45 minutes or more to blow-off all the debris from a small residential property - which is way too long. They go around the property and retrace their steps several times until they collect all the debris into a single pile that they can conveniently pick up and place into the bed of their truck. They spend way too much time and it is innefficient the way they do it, like they have no common sense. The operators should take a class from UC Master Gardeners and get a certificate to show that they are capable and competent to use a leaf blower before they are allowed to operate the equipment in residential areas.
Billy T July 03, 2013 at 12:22 PM
A leaf blower ban doesn't have to be full. Palo Alto only bans *gasoline* leaf blowers, which are significantly louder than their electric-only counterparts. Also, if we limit leaf blowing to the hours of 11:00am and 9:00pm, we can be more sure its not waking people up in the morning (some people don't have the same 9-5 schedule "normal" people do).

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