Things I Don’t Understand Thursday-The Leaf Blower

The other day I was walking my dog and happened to see a man using a leaf blower, let’s call him Mr. Leafblower, to blow leaves on to the street, my first reaction was why would anyone do this?  Which leads me to my first Thursday post of Things I Don’t Understand.

I am proud to say I have never used a leaf blower in my life and frankly I just don’t understand why people own them.  The man I saw blowing leaves was blow them off of his lawn to the curb, where the leaves sat neatly between the cars, he had no plans to pick them up and throw them away or mulch them, his plan was to well, move them.  I wonder when he was done moving these leaves did he high five himself?  Did he walk into his home and open a nice craft beer telling himself he had earned it?  Did he start a conversation with his neighbor, sharing that he went out of his way to avoid blowing all the leaves on to his property, no really neighbor you should thank me.

When I walk my dog, I’m usually listening to a podcast or talking with my family and in some cases I like to just clear my mind and think about life, finances, things I need to do etc.  In this case I got to think about this frocking guy.  My question of why would anyone do this, started to go a little further.  I started to think of the thought process behind Mr. Leafblower.  The general idea of a leaf blower is OK at best, it is designed to move leaves into one spot, this allows less labor than using Mr. Rake.  That is the best glowing review I can give a leaf blower.  OK Mr. Leafblower’s plans were to move leaves off his property using a machine, instead of getting exercise and using a rake, the cost effectiveness of buying a rake($7) vs buying a leafblower($70), the constant noise of the airplane engine like motor, the pollution that one causes with Mr. Leafblower, if someone mentions electric as alternative please leave the blog immediately!  Back to Mr. Leafblowers plans.  OK move all of the leaves, now to pick them up and have them ready to put into a bag or mulch them and put them back into your lawn.  No Mr. Leafblower’s plan was to put them into the street, that’s it job done.  Does this frocking guy understand that we live a city given the nickname the Windy City, does he not get that these leaves are going to blow all over the place, including his own yard.  It’s not like you call up the city and put in a request to pick up the leaves you just put in the street, behind all the cars parked in front of your house.  Why would anyone do this?

I don’t understand the leaf blower.  If I ever buy a leaf blower please have an intervention for me.  I’m sure they are useful to someone out there, but I think they are one of the most unnecessary items in our consumer driven society.  Mr. Money Mustache doesn’t like big SUV’s, well I don’t like leaf blower’s.  I’m keeping my $70 and I’m going to rake leaves instead, I might even mulch them back into the soil, but I will not be buying a leaf blower, I promise.

Want to read more about leaf blower’s check out this article, made me laugh a couple times.

 

 

29 Responses to “Things I Don’t Understand Thursday-The Leaf Blower

  • Oh, don’t get me started. My next door neighbor owns a company called “Meticulous Landscapes” and his yard is right out of a magazine. He blows his leaves (or has his employees blowing his leaves) nearly every day lately. It is really loud and distracting. Of course, it snowed a few days ago so that is hopefully over for the time being!

    I personally used a rake this year and bagged my leaves up.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Snow the secret weapon against leaf blowers, well I never thought of it that way. I’m still waiting on raking since the trees by our house our somehow still full of leaves, but it’s coming……and will be done with a rake or I’m mulching them.

  • I would like to comment, but the Mr. SSC would hand me a rake and I would be relegated to yard duty for the rest of my life. Since I have a brown thumb, everything would die, and I would be forced to buy plastic plants (hopefully at a good price at a thrift shop) to fill in my yard… the neighbors would get upset, and the HOA would fine us, and then I would probably be forced to hire someone to help me with the yard. So, my not commenting my true feelings, I am saving us roughly $2000/year.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      So wait a minute you are using a leaf blower? Spits out coffee after slowly sipping it before and says WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • I personally am not using one… but, I don’t do the yard work. Someone in my household may have gotten one for Christmas a year or so back…
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        • EvenStevenMoney
          3 years ago

          Haha, honesty is the best policy. I’m pretty anti-leaf blower so it would be a tough sell to me, but good news you don’t have to;)

  • They’re pretty handy where we are in AZ, as front yards are all stone, typically. We have a ton of trees, so the yard can get messy pretty quick. The rocks are a total pain to rake, and you end up getting nearly as much rock as leaves/debris…at least that’s my experience.

    With grass, yes, a rake is a better approach.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      My parents live in AZ, I know what you mean by the rocks are a pain to rake, my Dad’s response to the dog’s messing up the rocks in the yard is a combination of anger and pain.

  • Banning leaf blowers is high on my list of things to do when I’m declared King. 🙂 Sorry, but noisy Harley-Davidsons are out too.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I’m all for the banning of leaf blowers, being originally from Wisconsin let’s not get to crazy on HD;), stop abusing your power as King.

  • Yeah I’ve always thought these things were a little crazy and unnecessary for the vast majority of people. It’s almost like hiring a fork-lift to move a small pile of pebbles…

    Unfortunately many people are drawn to easier and easier ways of doing things, even if it’s a completely inefficient use of resources.

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I’m not sure I can come up with many more useless motorized items than a leaf blower, agreed!

  • I have never used a leaf blower. I think they are dumb but another gadget some think they need. Maybe I just don’t know what I am missing, NOT! I sure see the professional landscapers using them to blow the few grass clippings from the sidewalks. Not sure when a few blades of grass here and there became a big deal. I mulch leaves into my lawn and when too many to do that they are raked and thrown into the compost pile.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I think I’m going that direction this weekend, mulching is the answer. Possibly combined with some raking in there, but not too much of course.

  • The leaf blower is basically an overpriced toy that accomplishes nothing. I always laugh when I see them (which isn’t too often). You can accomplish much more with a rake – which you can then use to pile up the leaves in one spot to get rid of them
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I guess it’s better to laugh then try figure out how to ask the guy using it why he would do such a thing.

  • Hah! Totally agree. You had me LOLing over here. I sort of get using a leaf blower if you have a gigantic yard and need to get them all into a pile to actually clean up. But using it just to blow them into the street? Makes no sense at all.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I was seriously walking my dog for 30 minutes asking myself why he would do something like that.

  • Hilarious! I don’t see the sense of using a leaf blower on a lawn. The rake could have done much better job. Again its so uncivilized to leave the leaves on the streets!

    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      Glad you liked it, I know there is not a class on raking or leaf blowing, but common sense has to kick in a little.

  • Leaf blowers, gas powered lawn mowers, electric trimmers – etc…anything to get people away from what folks in this world have been doing for centuries: work. Ever wonder why we have such an obesity problem in this country? This is partly why. We want machines to do everything for us, leaf blower included.

    The main purpose of a leaf blower: to make an presumably large collection of leafs someone else’s problem.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      I agree with 99% of that, I could probably make it without the gas powered lawn mower, but it’s a preference for me. I think people have taken everything one step further and now have someone else do the work, leading towards more of the problems you mention.

  • Completely with you on this one!

    I’ve just never understood why they blow instead of suck like a hoover. Surely you are just creating a mess somewhere else??

    Luckily, leaf blowers barely exist here in the UK – I think its a very American thing!
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      3 years ago

      A leaf vacuum at least would make more sense, still opposed but it makes sense.

  • A leaf blower can replace a rake or bloom, but it always makes so noisy. An electric leaf blower makes less noise than a gas leaf blower but it also makes the neighbors inconvenient. I think that a leaf blower can save you time in cleaning the garden, but it also makes some issues that anyone doesn’t like.
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    • EvenStevenMoney
      2 years ago

      Sorry for the extremely late response……

      I just raked this weekend, I say another win for the human power!

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