How to Use a Leaf Blower Effectively – Bestbackpacklab

So, you're lucky enough to live somewhere with outside space in the form of a garden or a yard. 

However, these spaces can involve a lot of work. You want to keep it nice and clean but you don't want to spend your life maintaining it, especially in autumn when the leaves are falling.

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Rather than spending hours raking them up, a backpack leaf blower is a fantastic way of keeping your outside space tidy without having to spend hours doing so.

In this article we'll example what a backpack blower is, why you might need one, and how to use one effectively.

What is a Backpack Leaf Blower?

A backpack blower is a machine that you wear on your back that expels air that displaces leaves and other organic matter.

With it, you can create piles of leaves or grass clippings which are then very easy to remove. It's time efficient and requires minimal effort on your part. 

The fact you wear it on your back means you can move around freely without worrying about dragging a machine behind you. 

A leaf blower will never remove every single leaf, but it will do an excellent job of getting rid of the bulk. A quick rake over the lawn afterwards will remove any stragglers. 

These machines also normally have a vacuum mode which is great for leaves in tight areas or next to a fence that can't be blown away. 

6 Tips for Using a Backpack Leaf Blower 

When you first start using a backpack blower it can seem quite difficult, but you'll soon get the hang of it. To save yourself any trouble, make sure you read these tips before you get started. 

1. Plan where you're going to collect the leaves and position a tarp in that spot. That will make it far easier to remove them afterwards.

2. A nozzle attachment helps reduce sound. Set the throttle speed at the lowest possible stage you can if you're worried about noise. 

3. Place the nozzle close to the ground, then gradually raise it. 

4. Control the air velocity depending on the weight of the debris you're trying to remove.

5. Work from one side of the area to the other and keep blowing in that direction. 

6. Hold the blower at your side and point it at a shallow angle. 

Warnings and Cautions for Using Blowers

  • Wear goggles as fly as flying debris can hurt your eyes
  • Blowers are noisy and can harm your hearing. Use earplugs or ear defenders.
  • Avoid loose fitting clothes and jewellery. Ideally, wear protective clothing.
  • Don't use the blower in the early morning or late at night. This will be a cause of disturbance to your neighbors.
  • Do not use the blower to clean up gravel, construction dirt, gravel dust, plaster dust or dry garden topsoil. This can cause damage to the backpack blower.
  • Ensure you use the correct fuel. 
  • Before fueling, the blower should be dry and clean.
  • Keep away from children.


Having read this article, you should have a good idea in your mind of how to use your backpack blow. There's no need to get professional help or get blisters using a rake. Keep your yard or lawn beautifully neat with minimal effort. 

When you buy a machine, make sure you read the manual carefully before starting to use it. Each machine is slightly different and the manufacturer will give you tips about how to best use their particular blower. 

Remember that this is a machine and so you should treat it with respect and maintain it properly. 

Happy gardening!

  • Updated October 29, 2021