Leaf blower uses

Man wearing rubber boots and shorts using a leaf blower on a path and lawn.
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Leaf blowers will have fallen leaves cleared up from your lawn in a flash, but did you know they can be used for so much more? These leaf blower uses are inventive and will have you reaching for your leaf blower in more situations than just at the end of the summer when the leaves start to drop. 

Finding the best leaf blowers (opens in new tab) will not only help you keep a perfect lawn, but they will also prove themselves to be useful around the home. What's more, if you're looking to purchase a new tool, there are many leaf blower deals (opens in new tab)that will allow you to pick a model that works for you, at a great price. Once you have secured your new leaf blower or got one out of storage, you'll be ready to try out these clever different uses. 

7 leaf blower uses you might not know about 

What the expert says...

We spoke to Adam Whale,who blogs his garden tips on his YouTube channel The Grey Gardener. (opens in new tab) Here he gives us his safety tips on using a leaf blower, “The airflow is quite strong so you have to be careful where you point it! It can blow stones up and scratch cars and can certainly damage flowers and longer shrubs. Always be aware of your surroundings when using one.”

1. Clean rain gutters

Yes, really. Due to where it’s positioned, guttering is often tricky to reach and annoyingly complex to clean. Eliminate the stress by using a leaf blower to clear out your housing gutters. Make sure to use a gentle setting so as not to damage attachments!

2. Blow grass trimmings back onto your lawn

Professional gardener Adam Whale gave us his top alternative use for his leaf blower. Instead of just using it for leaf collection, he uses it to blow grass trimmings back into his lawn to enrich it. Keep your lawn green and healthy with nothing other than cut grass.

3. Makeshift snow blower

In a pinch, a leaf blower will make an effective snow blower for shallow snow on a driveway or snow that has fallen on a car or porch roof. It won’t have the power to deal with icy, set-in snow or very deep snow though.

4. Declogging a dryer vent

Arguably one of the most useful leaf blower uses, a clogged dryer vent can be taken care of in minutes by a leaf blower. It’s simple to use a leaf blower to clean a dryer vent instead of paying for a professional to come and blast the built-up lint out with a similar tool.

5. Dry a car after cleaning

If you’ve ever washed your car at home you may have noticed that it never dries quite as shiny as when it’s cleaned at a car wash. The reason for this is that car washes dry the car at the end with a huge air vent to prevent watermarks and dullness when it dries. Use a gentle setting on your leaf blower to replicate the effect.

6. Clean a lawn mower

Sure, you can use a leaf blower to clean up grass trimmings, but did you know you can use it on the lawn mower itself? Give it a blast after use to clear away stuck on grass that might end up causing moisture and rust inside the machine blades if it sits in there.

7. Clean crumbs from a car

If you’ve got a toddler in your life, then the chances are that you have a back seat full of crumbs, dust and dirt that came from who knows where. Instead of using a vacuum cleaner, try using a leaf blower to blast any debris out. You’ll have a clean back seat again in a flash.

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Tanisha started her career in commercial retail buying for one of Amazon UK’s Top 10 revenue grossing online homeware retailers. Years spent obsessing over homeware products made it an easy career switch to writing about them. Her freelance career has seen her craft customer-focused web content for brands big and small, as well as writing articles in the health, lifestyle, home and retail sectors.

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