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Garden Rakes vs. Leaf Blowers

Leaf blowers have been with us since the 1970s, and while they have evolved over time, they still destroy the quiet of a Sunday morning with noise levels of up to 112 decibels (louder than a plane taking off). In addition, the inexpensive models emit more pollutants than a 6,200-pound pickup truck. According to an article in The Atlantic, “…In 2017, the California Air Resources Board issued a warning that may seem incredible but has not been seriously challenged: By 2020, gas-powered leaf blowers, lawn mowers, and similar equipment in the state could produce more ozone pollution than all the millions of cars in California combined. Two-stroke engines are that dirty. Cars have become that clean.”

While leaf blowers are efficient and powerful enough to handle large areas, they come with a cost, both environmental and health-related. Hearing loss is a growing problem and leaf blowers are contributing to the noise levels of our communities.

An alternative, albeit much harder work, is the rake. Rakes are affordable, non-polluting, and can provide an excellent core workout (unless of course you have back problems). It’s one thing to consider when trying to change a habit in the interest of climate change.

DID YOU KNOW
Many consumer-grade blowers (and some mowers) use a two-stroke engine, which lacks an independent lubrication system, so fuel has to be mixed with oil. The number of air pollutants emitted by gas-powered leaf blowers and lawn mowers exceed pollutant emissions of large automobiles. One study showed that a leaf blower emits nearly 300 times the amount of air pollutants as a pickup truck. Another study showed that one hour using a gas-powered lawn mower is equivalent to driving a car 100 miles.

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