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Old 10-28-2013, 01:28 PM
 
Location: The Carolinas
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I for one am firmly opposed to this notion that this is the season to hate your neighbors.

I hate my neighbors year 'round.
I agree, I, too, hate my neighbors. Maybe all of us nice people should move into a neighborhood together, and leave all of those nasty others to be amongst themselves!
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:31 PM
 
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Totally agree with all of this.

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I am really live and let live and I don't tell my leaf blowing neighbors off for using leaf blowers, nor do I harbor any ill will toward my neighbors or anyone on this thread, but I do think leaf blowers are absolutely horrible inventions. Chapel Hill almost banned them a few years ago and I was very much in favor of that.

Pros of Leaf Blowers
- easier
- quicker

Cons of Leaf Blowers
- pollutes way more than a Ford F-150
- noise

To me the cons clearly outweigh the pros and I'd rather use a little more effort and muscle power and take a little more time (a rake is more controllable, too, and doesn't blow debris all over the place), but obviously other people feel differently. (And FTR, I prefer my potatoes baked in the oven—takes about 1 hr—instead of the microwave, and I have a clothesline, too.)
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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Leaf Blowers are just that...let a nice gust come through and the leaves are back on your yard. I choose to mow my yard, nice clippings and great for the soil. I plan to mow again this Saturday.
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Old 10-28-2013, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Leaf Blowers are just that...let a nice gust come through and the leaves are back on your yard. I choose to mow my yard, nice clippings and great for the soil. I plan to mow again this Saturday.
That's what I do. I'm not sure I understand why people blow leaves at all. Everything I've read from the various ag schools says the best thing you can do for a healthy lawn is to use a mulching mower and leave your grass clippings and minced leaves on the lawn.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Cary
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Leaf Blowers are just that...let a nice gust come through and the leaves are back on your yard.

Nah, they're pushers too. Some folks use them to gather the leaves in one spot for pick up. I like using the blower to get the leaves out of shrubs.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:43 PM
 
Location: My House
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There is no place for someone from North Raleigh fraternizing with a Chapel Hill Transplant in a thread about hating your neighbors....
Next thing you know, they'll start agreeing with someone from Cary and it'll be the C-D equivalent of "crossing the streams" ala Ghostbusters. Watch out!
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:48 PM
 
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I think the difference between a leaf blower and a lawn mower is the whine of the engine when you gun the leaf blower.

The constanst hum of the lawn mower engine is not as annoying. It's not the loudness, but the pitch of the noise that grates on peoples nerves.
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:51 PM
 
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Nah, they're pushers too. Some folks use them to gather the leaves in one spot for pick up. I like using the blower to get the leaves out of shrubs.

Yep. I use the blower to get the leaves into bigger piles, and then use a tarp to drag the leaves to a burn pile, or take them down into the woods. I end up cleaning up my leaves at least 4 times in the fall. If I waited until December when they finally slow down dropping from the trees, it would take me several days to clean them up. I'd love to see some of you "raker only" types have at my yard! 200+ trees! I could clean my yard up this evening, and by this time tomorrow, you'd never know it.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Smile Matter of fact...

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Y'know, you don't have to have lawns, either… just sayin'.
... it's because we don't have a lawn we were driven to get a blower. An electric one.

The twists and turns of the landscaping we did pretty much rules out a rake. That first year when we left the leaves, thinking they just break down and are good for the soil, well not so much. They just smother what's underneath.

We do try not to overdo it though. And compared to the neighbor's two chihuahuas, it's nothing, nothing, nothing
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Moving Back To Cary
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Geez......what a bunch of complainers. Just be thankful your neighbors are taking care of their yards unlike mine who's yards look like crap!
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