It’s that time of year again folks-crisp fall weather, bon fires, football, and pumpkin spice everything. These things also mean that it’s leaf clutter season too. If you lose your lawn to leaves every year, then this is your lucky day. Whether you are team pumpkin spice or not, we can all agree that leaves on your lawn all winter is a really bad idea, but fear not-there are plenty of leaf-clearing solutions that will have you seeing your grass again in no time!
First of all, why do you need to remove leaves in the first place? They are all natural, right? Well, yes, they are, but a dense layer of leaf clutter can cause some preventable lawn issues. First of all, lawns like to breathe just like you do. If all those leaves are piled thickly on top, then the sunlight, nutrients, and air can’t get down to the grass. Not only that, but lots of leaves come spring also means that any new shoots have to compete with the leaves for space and sunlight. Thick leaves can also invite pests and diseases in addition to making it challenging for cool-season grasses such as Kentucky Blue Grass to thrive. These grasses especially do a lot of extra growing and root fortification during the cooler fall weather. If there are lots of leaves around, the grass has to compete and that means your spring lawn won’t look as nice as it should.
Ok, so now you know why the leaves need to go, but how do you do it? Here’s a few ways this fall job can be tackled: hand held, back pack, lawn vacs, or walk-behind blowers.
Hand Held Equipment
Hand held equipment pieces are great for areas of 1/2 an acre or less and are perfect for blowing leaves and small debris particles off of driveways, sidewalks, and out of landscaping. Two models that are great for this kind of work are the Echo PB2520 or Husqvarna 125B. If you want the option to either blow the leaves off of your property or vacuum them up to deposit in a place of your choosing, there is also an Echo ES250 that will do just that. It offers you the flexibility of blowing the leaves out of your shrubs or vacuuming them up in an attached bag and it is one of the only models that do so. Typical price point of quality hand held blowers are between $149-$199, with the combination hand held blower/vacuum being in the low to mid $200s.
Back Pack Blowers
These leaf blowers are great for areas of 1/2 acre-1 acre. They will give you more air flow and power than their hand held counterparts. They can also move larger particles such as sticks and acorns. Models to consider here are the Echo PB8010 or the Husqvarna 580BTS. These models significantly increase the air flow and speed to help move leaves but at an added price and weight of the equipment. Pay attention to the backpack straps used as this plays heavily into the comfort of the equipment during extended use. Typical price points of backpack blowers range between $299-$599.
These vacs are pretty heavy duty and most likely will be utilized on a commercial basis for parking lot, golf course, or park clearing, but come in real handy on larger homeowner lots as well. They are simple to use and also have an impeller system that mulches and chops up any debris or small particles. A model to look at here would be the Billy Goat KV610 or the SCAG Giant Vac Lawn Vacuum. Self propelled options are a must if you have thick lawns. Add on attachments for some models include hose kits to get the leaves from your mulch areas and bushes. Many people will mow their leaves into rows, then vacuum up the leaves with a lawn vac. Typical prices range between $799-$1599 for a quality leaf vac.
Last, but not least, we have the walk-behind blowers. These blowers are definitely for large yard or commercial use and would also be used for clearing large parking spaces. The models to investigate here would be the SCAG Giant Vacs. They are sized depending on how much airflow and power you need with a price to match. The larger walk behind blowers have enough airflow to match 3-4 larger backpacks running at once! If you are moving a lot of leaves and debris, blowing snow off sidewalks, or clearing parking lots for resurfacing/remarking…this is the application for you. Prices can range between $649 – $1749. These are more expensive, but the amount of production one person can achieve is similar to 3 people running backpack blowers.
Thanks for reading along and feel free to contact us at Premier Outdoor Power Equipment with any questions you might have. We’re here for all your service, sales, and part needs. Feel free to stop by the shop at 301 Westview Drive in Franklin or call us at 317-738-0618. As always, until next time-enjoy the mow!
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