My dad has yet to buy a leaf blower. He chose evergreen trees when he landscaped the yard at his house. Our neighbors chose deciduous trees for their yard, getting their leaves all over our yard come fall.
My dad found this method to clear leaves on accident. When power washing his garage last fall, he noticed the power washer moved the leaves on the strip of grass next to the driveway pretty quickly. He took his power washer outside and cleared up a patch of grass in less than 2 minutes.
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