Leaf Blowers: Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em
Leaf blowers: Are they a scream machine and pollutant, or a necessity to make your home’s lawn and landscape neat ‘n tidy?
Coral Gables, FL is the latest city to crack down on use of leaf blowers after the City Commission tentatively passed a partial ban on leaf blowers. The final reading is scheduled for tomorrow, according to the Miami Herald.
Leaf blowers are quickly becoming the SUV of home ownership: They are considered loud and pollute the air by spreading mold spores, pesticides and other chemicals. For Coral Cables, this is just par for the course since the city has many rules and regulations that home owners must abide by. For example:
- House paint must be an approved color
- Garbage can’t go out until the night before pickup
- Trucks must be concealed in garages, not left out in driveways
If the leaf blower measure passes in Coral Gables, commercial landscapers and lawn services will not be allowed to use them, while homeowners will be allowed to use electric leaf blower models during designated hours. However, Coral Gables city workers and city contractors are exempt from the measure. Power tools such as chain saws, weed trimmers, lawn-edgers and chippers will also be affected by the measure.
Approximately 400 cities in the U.S. have a partial or total ban on leaf blowers, including major California cities such as Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Hermosa Beach, Carmel and Berkeley. Add another California city — Orinda, CA — to the list of possible leaf blower-banishment as the New Yorker magazine offers a thought-provoking article about one person’s war against leaf blowers.