Gardening Tips with Charlie Albone



Your pathways, driveways and garden beds look much more finished off when you have given them a once over with your blower to remove leaves and other debris from your day in the garden. Leaf blowers make this job quick and easy, and with the excellent battery options now available, this job no longer has to annoy the neighbours either. In fact, they will be in wonder at how neat and tidy your garden is!

However, using a blower is not as simple as point and shoot. There are a few ways in which you can maximise the effect of this tool.

Charlie’s tips for blowing leaves

  1. Before you start, decide where you want to move all the leaves to for collection. This can be into a pile for easy collection, or onto your lawn before collecting them up with your lawn mower. Just make sure you’ve removed any sticks or larger twigs beforehand!
  2. To avoid blow back (when the leaves go everywhere!) keep the nozzle at a shallow angle, and blow with the wind and along walls.
  3. To maintain control, use varying speeds or short sharp burst to direct the debris to where you want it to go.
  4. Hard surfaces require a slower speed as leaves are easier to move.
  5. If you’re blowing leaves off the grass, a higher air speed will be required.
  6. For quick removal of wet leaves, switch to the flat nozzle (if your blower has one) which is especially designed for this purpose.
  7. Save those leaves! Harness the goodness from the leaves; pop them straight into your compost heap or work them directly into your beds to help nourish the soil.


Charlie’s top picks for battery blowers

  • For small yards and courtyards, the BGA 45 is a great value-packed blower, clearing up to 200m2 or just under a tennis court-sized area of leaves on a single charge.
  • If you’re after something a little more robust to cover a larger area, the BGA 57 is the next step up. It’s packed full of comfort features and when it comes to runtime, it is more than capable of clearing up to three tennis courts worth of leaves in a single charge!

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