Leaf Blowers – Noise Pollution

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Leaf Blowers – Noise Pollution

This in environmental post so appropriate for the Greenbirding website I think. This morning at 7:30 we were less than pleased to hear the penetrating noise of leaf blowers from a neighbours yard being wielded by their garden contractors. We thought they would be finished soon. We breakfasted, did some chores, went out for an hour and it is now 12:45pm and the blowers are still blasting away. Five hours plus!

Is this reasonable? I think not, in fact it is very unreasonable. This is not a huge mega-sized MacMansion, it’s just regular sized plot the same as ours. I can clear my leaves quietly with a rake in an hour or two whereas this place seems to need two industrial blowers going sumultaneously. There’s a picture of their equipment here.

I got so annoyed I made a short recording of the sound we have suffered since early morning. Turn up the volume and “enjoy”

This comes from the fanatical obsession people have with tidiness when they could have had this stuff raked and into a compost pile in less than half the time. What’s more not being tidy is better for the garden and the wildlife as winter approaches.

To say we are annoyed is putting it mildly … and this is just one garden and one contracting company. What’s more, other contractors arrived along our short road during the day and the last one stopped blowing after dark.


By |2017-11-18T13:40:47+00:00November 17th, 2017|audio, conservation, garden|3 Comments


  1. Tom Kingsbury 2017-11-18 at 09:51 - Reply

    I’m with you on this one, all the way!

  2. Phyllis 2017-11-19 at 16:33 - Reply

    We use a lawnmower to mulch our leaves in situ. It’s noisy, but not as loud or as long as your leaf blowers.
    When I didn’t want David to use the lawnmower due to a health issue, I managed to kill the lawn mower once and a second time forever.
    The new one has electric start, personal pace forward speed and is quieter and better.
    Our last mower, for certain.

    I wanted to plant a high bush cranberry again but I see that the wrong fauna gather there.

    We just had an unexpected visit from an Inuk friend of Michael’s from elementary school. He says that the goose hunt in the north is still a regular occurrence, but they only have Canada geese and obviously can’t eat enough of these ‘delicious’ birds to make a dent in the population. We’ve seen a photo of this mild-mannered young man clearly wringing the neck of a goose.

  3. Bob 2017-12-23 at 12:28 - Reply

    Unfortunately we live in a world-wide society. Whether it is leaf-blowers, shooting parties, or speeding motor vehicles, there seems little that one can do to alleviate the irritation caused. I abhor all of the above-noted, but possibly others dislike my ‘singing’ (quitely of course) in the garden. I agree with Richard: a couple of hours with a lawn-rake is good for the soul.

    The Abbott of Offord

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