Leaf Blower Buying Guide
When the autumn comes around and leaves are strewn every which way, your garden can be left looking a little messy – cue the trusty leaf blower.
Things to consider before you buy
Types of leaf blowers
Other features to look out for
What are leaf blowers used for?
Leaf blowers are used to clear leaves from gardens and pathways. They blow the leaves into a pile ready to be gathered and composted, and can also vacuum up and mulch them, depending on the model.
How does a leaf blower work?
A leaf blower works by blowing air through a chute to clear fallen leaves into a pile, or sucking air up the chute to vacuum them into an attached bag. Some blower vacuum models also have a mulching function which shreds the leaves into a smaller size so that the bag won’t fill up quite as fast, allowing you to keep vacuuming for longer.
How do you use a leaf blower vacuum?
Some leaf blowers are cordless, which means they need recharging, while others are powered with petrol, so will need refilling. Once charged or filled with fuel, they simply need to be turned on with push buttons, triggers or recoil motors, depending on the model. Then all you need to do is point the blower at the leaves you want to clear to either blow them into a neat pile or vacuum them up. Once the bag is full, it can be emptied onto a compost heap and you can start the process again.