It’s too bad that the people who use leafblowers miss the joy of seeing the beautiful textures and colors that fall naturally on the ground. Instead they see bare cracked dirt.

Plus, the leaves do so much good on the ground–reducing weed growth and conserving water.

If there is a blower used in your yard, tell your yard service to use the blower only on the hard surfaces. That will help.

Better yet, ask him how much he would charge you to use a broom and rake instead of a leafblower? What’s it worth???

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_aYardSign-14Here’s a great sign for your yard. For Sale soon, stay tuned.

 

ZapLA.org

Here’s are first two paragraphs of their home page

ZAPLA.ORG MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage compliance with leaf blower bans and restrictions by providing facts, opinions, and access to sources and to resources.

This web site is intended as a public service, and is provided by volunteers, with their own donations of time and money. It is a record of our research and our experiences, which mimic those of other towns across the nation that have sought blower bans.  It is an alert to, and support for, those who contemplate bans.  It may serve as warning not to compromise too much.

 

 

Good Video Better than the Begley one I think!

Uploaded on Jan 3, 2009

A four minute video showing fugitive dust created by blower use. Voiceover by Peter Graves recites facts cited by Orange County Grand Jury Report, as well as the findings of studies conducted as of 2001. Please share or download, and visit http://zapla.org for more information.

Here is a high quality PDF Stop Leaf Blowers Universal Flyer flyer for printing  and distributing in your neighborhood. There are lots of people who do not know how bad and unnecessary these monsters are. Lets educate them! (In Los Angeles they have been illegal since 1998. Here is the LA Flyer PDF Stop Leaf Blowers for download LA Flyer PDF for print Stop Leaf Blowersand print with that info–perfect for distributing in Los Angeles.)

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Baloney.
I use a broom and rake. I don’t need a mower because I have no lawn. Once a week, or more often if I want, I sweep bothersome areas. A rake works great for the leaves in the street. Sure it leaves (pun intended) little pieces behind. But my neighbor’s “blown” street looks no different in a day or two.

If you think the costs of using a leaf blower are worth it, be sure and watch the video, take the quiz, or download the info sheet.
Think about it this way; if your surgeon told you he could remove your appendix far cheaper and faster if he were to cut off your leg (and not reattach it of course, at that price). Would your answer be, “ok… It’s far worse for me, but it’ll save me money?  ” I don’t see any difference with the choice we make when blow instead of using a broom and rake.

Anti-Leaf Blower video by Ed Begley. Great video on the real dangers of leaf blowers. Great until the end when they gladly accept electric blowers as an alternative to the gas ones. A mere passing nod was given to the use of brooms and rakes as the best alternative to these yard monsters. An electric blower still uses fossil fuels to operate, still blows tons of dust, allergens, and mold into the air and are still too loud to be near homes. Santa Monica agrees and BOTH electric and gas blowers are banned. We are at a moment when we can establish the acceptable use of noise/dust/polluting equipment around our homes (and places of work). Let’s “stand our ground” and demand real noise and dust reduction, not puny ones.

Here is the official description for the video:

This is a Public Service Announcement sponsored by the STUDIO CITY NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL, of the city of Los Angeles, on the dangers of GAS-POWERED LEAF BLOWERS and why they have been ILLEGAL in Los Angeles for over 10 years per LAMC §112.4 C. This is the extended version, not the 30-120 second broadcast version aired in Los Angeles. All Rights Reserved to the Studio City Neighborhood Council and TRUPPA Entertainment ©2010 – Directed and Produced by Ron Truppa.

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Ok, so maybe not kill–at least not completely. But how about using them a LOT LESS. Everyone knows that leaf blowers are NOT healthy–to the planet or to humans. So lets demand that they stop being used on everything, starting with dirt and plants (including lawns). And do we really need the street in front “blown”? Truth is, in most circumstances, rakes and brooms work just as well with NO downside. So tell your yard service company that’s what YOU want. We must adjust our “needs” – a leaf-free yard – with the reality of the true costs of these toxic machines. Bottom line, leaf blowers are not essential and their negatives far out weigh positives. We’ll have more later.

Leaf Blowers create more pollution than a car

Santa Monica bans leaf blowers since 1991

Leafblowers are illegal in Los Angeles.

 Ed Begley Video on Leaf Blowers