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Cover Story - August 21, 2015

What to know about 'mow and blow'

Efficient, yes, but green landscapers urge a return to the rake

by Brenna Malmberg

When it comes to the value of using a leaf blower, opinions blow in all directions. Gardeners, landscapers and maintenance professional see benefits and damages from using the mechanical tool on residential lawns and gardens.

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3 people like this
Posted by Joe Commentor
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2015 at 11:32 am

Such a '1st World' problem. Just to read the article and to know time was wasted 'researching' the issues and 'interviewing' those involved shows how petty the lives of the Palo Alto cognoscenti really are.


4 people like this
Posted by Yah?
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

as opposed to the obviously full and rich life you are leading in your town Joe?
Keep it up. Living the dream.


8 people like this
Posted by Baylandsgal
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

My theory is that there is a conspiracy afoot! Leaf blowers raise clouds of dust that settle on cars, windows, siding, etc. This creates a "market" for services such as car washing and house cleaning. By eliminating leaf blowing, everyone can reduce car washing and house cleaning - yay!
Seriously, blowing in planted areas removes all the good compost created by fallen leaves or from applied mulch thereby reducing the ability to retain what meager moisture remains in this long, hot summer. This also ssentially sterilizes rhe soil. Ban Blowers outright and quit the hand wringing.


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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@Joe Commentor - Hi Joe, what do you think is a bigger first world problem, complaining about noise and air pollution, or going to other city's newspaper's message boards, and complaining about people complaining noise and air pollution. You must be someplace where there is really nothing to complain about... Atherton?


6 people like this
Posted by Robbie
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 22, 2015 at 9:59 pm

I would love to be able to hire a vegan organic gardener who would go through my property picking up leaves with renewable bamboo chopsticks, but I can't afford that. I CAN afford someone to go through with a leaf blower and a hedge trimmer and clean things up a couple of times a month. Can Bonnie Brock come by and clean my property for a reasonable fee?


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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@Robbie - Did you try pricing a gardener with a rake, or just chopsticks? Because odds are you can afford a gardener with a rake.


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Posted by Oh Robbie
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 24, 2015 at 2:18 pm

Ever pick up a rack yourself Robbie? I bet the cost of one week's gardener payment would cover the initial cost.


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