What Leaf Blower Makers Don’t Want You to Know About Rakes

Shopping leaf blowers? Don't go to the hardware store before reading our forbidden advice for tackling the effects of Autumn foliage: falling leaves.

from Forbidden Advice

What Leaf Blower Makers Don’t Want You to Know About Rakes© iStockphoto/Thinkstock Leaf Blowers vs Rakes
Your local home center is always eager to sell you the latest “labor-saving” device for lawn and garden maintenance. But few inventions in human history are as useless and obnoxious as the leaf blower.

These contraptions are absurd wasters of energy and are so loud they have been banned by many municipalities. They stir up dirt and dust, and can throw rocks at cars and people.

Electric-powered blowers are marginally less disturbing than gas-powered ones, but both suffer from one overwhelming negative: They don’t work as well as the humble rake, which is more precise, more tenacious, offers exercise to the user, and won’t tee off the neighbors by accidentally blowing leaves, grass, and dust onto their lawns.

Next time a salesperson thrusts a leaf blower at you at a garden center, ask to see their rake selection.

Another reason to blow-off the blower? Calories! You’ll burn 50 more calories per half hour if you use a rake.

Find the best tool for the job. Check out Real Simple‘s list of best rakes.

See more ways to burn more calories without noticing.

  • Your Comments

    • Roy

      I love my leaf blower. My woodworking shop creates a lot of dust. When the wind is in the right direction, and two minutes with the leaf blower, clean shop again.

    • citizenjane

      My hate for leaf blowers knows no bounds.

    • Tim Eicher

      rakes are good unless you have a lawn

    • Tim Eicher

      Rakes are good to use unless you have an actual lawn…

      • Jolinar Malkshur

        My parents have 3/4 of an acre and a bunch of trees. Last year, I just gave my 8 year old son a rake and told him to have at it. He got some really nice big piles of leaves in very short order. Then we used them as mulch on my garden.

    • Carlos

      And something as common sense as that needed to be put into a story why?..

      • Jolinar Malkshur

        Because common sense is not common?