Now that we are firmly entrenched in fall, you’re likely contending with armies of leaves in your yard, driveway, and all around your property. One way to really step up your landscaping efforts is to invest in an energy-efficient leaf blower. With a leaf blower, you can easily clear your walkway or driveway from piles of troublesome leaves, though using extra gas or electricity can quickly add up and drive your energy costs through the roof.
Luckily, many companies make energy-efficient leaf blowers that can keep your yard looking good and money in your wallet!
Energy-efficient leaf blowers
Best Leaf Blower has curated a helpful list of the top 10 best-selling leaf blowers in 2015, each of which have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. However, it is important to note that determining the best model for yourself will depend on a variety of factors, so you shouldn’t just run off and buy the model with the best reviews or lowest price.
The following factors should influence the type of leaf blower you are searching for:
- Identify how much space you’ll be using the leaf blower on. Will you be getting a leaf blower just for your driveway and walkway, or for your entire yard?
- Determine how frequently you will use your leaf blower. If you only need to use it a few times per month, you might want to go for a cheaper and lower impact model. However, you’ll want to splurge on a high quality model if you’ll be using it frequently.
- Know how heavy of a leaf blower you’ll need. Some situations will require a delicate touch, like blowing leaves around your garden.
If you are looking for an alternative to your standard leaf blower, check out these alternate options for increasing your energy efficiency!
Electric leaf suckers
Electric leaf suckers are specifically designed to suck up leaves and other small pieces of debris in your yard. Instead of blowing them around or out of the way, a leaf sucker sucks them into a large detachable bag. Many of the models have a variety of options as well, allow you to turn the power down when using it around your flowerbed but let loose on the mountains of leaves on your sidewalk!
Beyond being an energy-efficient option, the fact that leaves are sucked into a bag is an attractive feature of a leaf sucker. You can easily use those leaves for mulch in your flowerbed or vegetable garden! Plus, you will actually be removing leaves from your yard instead of simply blowing them around and letting them pile up.
Manual leaf pusher
Manual leaf pusher: if you’re looking for the most eco-friendly option, forego the leaf blower entirely and choose a manual leaf pusher. They are 100% human powered and can quickly collect your leaves. Just like with the electric leaf sucker, you can use the collected leaves as fertilizer in your flowerbeds and gardens! Check out this model from Gardener’s Supply Company to learn more!