Excessive noise from leaf blowers

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  • #987948

    jim
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    Is there anything happening to ban gasoline powered leaf blowers in Seattle, like the ban in California and other places? I live in the Junction and the situation has become intolerable, with every commercial and apartment building and some residences visited everyday with blowers, sometimes multiple blowers,and sometimes several times a day, 12 months of the year. The bank next door to me sometimes has three workers using gasoline blowers at the same time and the noise in deafening. This is pollution!

    #987949

    Jeannie
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    Leaf blowers are obnoxious under any circumstances (how did we ever survive without them? /s). But are you saying people are running gasoline-powered leaf blowers when the air quality is very unhealthy? That’s pollution for sure, plus it’s unnecessary.
    Many communities across the nation have banned this damn things. The noise is an overbearing nuisance to residents working and studying at home; and people should not have to breathe dust particles created by leaf blowers while trying to stave off Covid-19, a deadly respiratory disease.

    #988012

    anonyme
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    As a retired horticultural professional, I agree that leaf blowers (and line trimers, and mowers) are obnoxious and need to be regulated. And the noise and air pollution aren’t the only problems. One issue I NEVER see addressed is the amount of plastic introduced into the ecosystem via the use of line trimmers. Every time a line trimmer is used, hundreds (if not thousands) of tiny bits of plastic line are distributed in the soil. Plastic pollution is not just a threat to oceans, but to land as well. This is the cheap and easy way to maintain landscapes, but there are other costs to this laziness.

    #988026

    buttercup
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    So glad for electric leaf blowers. If people don’t like them they are welcome to rake my leaves so I don’t suffer due to back/ hip issues. Promise I won’t run past 5pm.

    #988143

    Graciano
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    It’s getting that time of the year when I have to use the leaf blower every day…, this is not by choice. It’s because the neighbors will not clean up the fallen leaves from their tree’s. If you didn’t want to do yard work, You should have bought a condo.

    Btw, My gas powered yard tools will still be around long after the battery equipment will be tossed into the trash.

    If you need some ear plugs, True Value sells them. Bring your debit card.

    #988152

    heartless
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    Maybe this is a dumb question, but why do you “have to” clean up fallen leaves?

    #988156

    Jeannie
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    Heartless, you raise a very good point. You don’t have to “clean up” fallen leaves. I guess running a leafer blower makes a person feel macho!
    Some handy info:

    What to do With Fallen Leaves

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/11/12/leaf-raking-never-fun-heres-why-you-dont-have-do/1974610002/

    #988179

    Graciano
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    The neighbors leaves seem to accumulate in my driveway, when wet they become slippery.. then they get tracked into the house. Plus they plug up the city surface water drain down the street.
    So, what I’m getting at is.. If the home owner cleaned up the leaves before the wind blows them into my yard and everyone else’s (too), then I wouldn’t have to run the blower to clean up the mess.

    The home owner is responsible to clean up the snow from the sidewalk in front of their house. If someone was slip and fall, they can file a claim with your home owners insurance. same thing applies for leaves.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by Graciano.
    #988180

    readytoretire
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    Wow Jeannie…it makes the person feel macho?

    #988181

    anonyme
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    Leaves really only need to be removed from sidewalks, etc., where they might cause a slipping hazard, and away from storm drains. Five minutes with a stiff broom should do the trick. Unfortunately, a lot of “mow & blow” outfits blow leaves into the street and don’t pick them up. I also remove leaves that collect on evergreen shrubs (especially conifers) to prevent damage to the foliage. Otherwise, leaves provide beneficial mulch over the winter. I usually do my leaf cleanup in the spring, and then only in more formal planting beds. In healthy, naturalistic plantings and landscapes, they can be left to compost down.

    #988193

    rw
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    I use an electric leaf blower/vacuum once or twice a year when it is clearly more effective and efficient. But that is perhaps 5% of the time. The rest of the time I prefer using a rake or broom, and the quiet that comes with them. Many times I think the goal with leaf blowers is not to clean up a problem but to move it, preferably to someone else’s property.

    #988310

    mark47n
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    Yeah! And loud motorcycles! I hate them, too! Roaring down the street with not a care about how anyone feels about the noise pollution that it generates!

    #988346

    Graciano
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    OMG and yes those screaming kids you hear all over the store when shopping and those loud ass jets that fly over and those dang fire engines going to save a burning house and Medic One could they not turn on their siren when going to save that person that just had a massive heart attack… geez give it a break people!!!! Noise happens there could be more terrible things in life to bitch about.
    If you are looking for no noise go build yourself a cabin out in the deep woods…oh wait there would be that constant noise of the trees rustling and that dang babbling brook.

    • This reply was modified 1 month ago by Graciano.
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