Sponsored Content: RETHINKING LEAF BLOWERS

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE EAGLE ROCK NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL


HEALTH & WELLBEING

Gasoline powered leaf blowers negatively impact air quality. The gas engines of leaf blowers emit hazardous levels of particulate matter, carbon monoxide and smog forming particles. They blow dust, pollen and dirt into the air, contributing to asthma and allergy problems.

Leaf blowers also create noise pollution. A leaf blower can create 70 decibels of noise at 50 feet away, affecting children’s naps, disrupting those working from home and scaring birds and wildlife.

CAL OSHA regulations allow only 20 minutes of total daily exposure to a noise level over 100 decibels, while most gardeners run their blowers at 109 decibels, for many hours a day.

ALTERNATIVES TO GASOLINE POWERED LEAF BLOWERS

Leaves can be allowed to decompose naturally beneath plants.  Hardscape and pathways may be swept or cleaned with an electric blower as needed.  If you use a gardening service, talk to your gardeners about these options, if you are a gardener talk to your clients about these options.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The most significant impacts from the use of gas powered leaf blowers and lawn equipment fall upon those who use them every day. Gardeners and maintenance workers who use this equipment regularly are the ones most likely to suffer long term consequences to their health and hearing.

HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY GARDENS

While cleaning off driveways and patios can keep things looking tidy, constantly removing leaves from planted areas degrades the soil and impacts plant health.

In natural ecosystems leaves, twigs and other organic debris break down on the surface of the soil over time. This process improves soil texture and water holding capacity. As leaves and small twigs break down they provide food to beneficial soil microbes. These microbes help plants to take up nutrients and fight off stress and disease.

Leaf litter on the surface of the soil also acts to prevent erosion and protect plant roots. The natural material covering the soil acts as a buffer, protecting roots from extremes of heat and cold as well as intense periods of wind and rain.

IT’S THE LAW

Los Angeles Municipal (LAMC) Section 112. 04 (c) bans the use of gas powered leaf blowers.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Source: Edmunds

One two-stroke gas leaf blower can emit the same amount of non-methane hydrocarbons as two hundred and ninety-nine trucks

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7 thoughts on “Sponsored Content: RETHINKING LEAF BLOWERS

  1. I completely agree on all points with the author. Battery operated leaf blowers are available, if one wants a “perfect” lawn and I think many people elect to have a treeless yard so as to never suffer with leaves on their grass. They don’t know what they are missing.

    I also have wondered if the amount of dust on my car isn’t attributable to the leafblowers.

    When this regulation came into being many years back, it was suggested that each customer might contribute $5-10 dollars to their gardeners to assist in their buying an electric blower. I have owned an electric leafblower (with cord) for many years and it works great to blow off my patio. The cordless models are even nicer and homeowners might offer the use of an outside outlet for gardeners to charge a second battery while using the first.

  2. The voters voted on banning gas powered leaf blowers in residential areas a long time ago. A law was put in place banning them in these areas. It was never enforced, because activists claimed that it discriminated against the gardeners and would deprive them of their lively hood. The law could be enforced, if the city was willing to do this, unless the law was removed.

  3. The voters voted on banning gas powered leaf blowers in residential areas a long time ago. A law was put in place banning them in these areas. It was never enforced, because activists claimed that it discriminated against the gardeners and would deprive them of their lively hood. The law could be enforced, if the city was willing to do this, unless the law was removed.
    I haven’t posted this message before.

    1. It was never inforced because gardeners would then charge $50 extra a month for sweeping off sidewalks and patios and porches rather than using a leaf blower. The customers then said they did not want to pay the extra cost..

  4. Gas leaf blowers have been illegal in Los Angeles for more than 50 years. Problem is that there is NO enforcement of the law. Building and safety only has a couple of inspectors for a population of 4 million people. There is a lack of enforcement. And, there is no public outcry and our government does nothing to education our community.

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