First published in the June 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
California will prohibit the sale of gas-powered leaf blowers as early as 2024 under a new law requiring the use of zero-emission landscaping equipment — battery-operated or plug-in.
As homeowners, we can get ahead of this measure by purchasing an electric or battery-powered rechargeable blower. Homeowners who employ a gardening service can remind workers of the new law, and encourage gardeners to stop using gas-powered blowers now for leaf cleanup. Reasonably priced battery-powered rechargeable blowers are widely available online. Imagine quiet neighborhoods, without the blaring drone of these machines, and without stinky gas fumes filling the air.
I have purchased a rechargeable blower for my own use and it is quiet, lightweight, and of course emits no polluting fumes. I’m making it available for my gardener to use at my house, and I recommend other La Cañada residents do the same.
One more thing: for cleaner air, can we all stop blowing dirt areas and garden beds? Homeowners can require that workers blow hardscape only: patios, roofs, driveways and walkways. Ask your garden crew to “leave the leaves.” Leaves provide mulch, nutrients and water retention in the garden. And instead of putting leaves in green bins, start a composting area to recycle leaf litter.
Less blowing means less noise, less air pollution and more recycling — all good for our community.
La Cañada Flintridge