Leaf Blowers: Scourge of Humanity

Autumn approaches, leaves will fall, and the leaf blowers will return. They are loud, polluting and completely unneccessary. Some have called them a Scourge of Humanity and this treehugger agrees. Municipalities across North America are starting to regulate them and manufacturers are starting to improve them, although the new low emission John Deere version shown above still pumps out 68 Decibels, as described in the ::Wall Street Journal. There is the traditional alternative- the rake. No gas consumption, good exercise and cheap. Tipster Bonnie noticed the Kentish Rake- made by hand since 1871, 20 inches wide and no noise whatsoever. ::Harrod Horticultural