Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Leaf Blowers

Alright, Victoria seems to have leaves on the ground from November through to January and as a result leaf collection is a HUGE activity that is done by the city, individuals and contractors.

One method of collecting leaves that I CANNOT comprehend is the leaf blowing. Leaves were meant to be blown by wind, that is about it. Why are earth would you buy a gas-powered polluting machine to blow leaves randomly but eventually into a consolidated pile in double or triple the amount of time that it would take to rake them (grass), or brush them (concrete) into piles.

I can see that the leaf sucker is a good method but some machines just blow and they really are useless. What makes them even more useless, if that is possible, is using them on windy days! I am not kidding! Yesterday I was riding through the Uplands and saw some contractors blowing leaves with a slight wind making it even more time consuming. Maybe they are paid by the hour?

Geesh what a racket and waste of energy. The good old rake is the way to go.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i agree with russ, except i need to clear bike courses for triatholons and i do not have the man power to sweep every corner. otherwise those things are stupid! and i havent bought one yet.