Pretty crazy that I follow up a decluttering post with "I bought something!" but what I got is a new tool to help us maintain our home more efficiently. It is a Toro leaf blower/vacuum/mulcher and I am super excited about it!
|Our usual routine|
My daughter smashing the leaves down into the bin
For years I have waffled over whether or not to buy a leaf blower. This year we are on week four of "managing" the leaves and it still looks like we haven't done a blasted thing. And we haven't even started on our elderly neighbor's yard yet. At this rate, setting out two curbside compost bins per week, we'll be at it until June! Plus our backyard compost bin is heaped full.
I ordered the blower online from Home Depot and stopped on my way home from work Wednesday to pick it up. Once the leaves are blown into a pile you suck them up and mulch them into the bag and then dump the bag into the bin. It reduces the mass by 88%. Once the leaves are mulched they'll breakdown and compost much easier, plus I'll be able to spread them out and use them to mulch the flower beds right away. And I put some in the chicken's pen area so they can scratch around in them and it will help control the mud and manure much better.
|Last night I blew all the leaves up against the fence|
Then I converted to the vacuum and sucked them up mulching them into the bag
We'll most likely suck the leaves out of our backyard compost bin and mulch them, then put them back so they'll break down faster. I also plan to fill up our old trash can with some mulch to have on hand and use as we need.
|Finished product - I was amazed|
I expect this new tool has already paid for itself in saving me time and labor as well as helping me with the dilemma of what to do with all of these leaves each year. Plus I can use it to blow snow off of the vehicles and walk ways this winter. That powdery stuff shouldn't be a problem. The wetter stuff we'll still need to shovel. I'll let you know.
So a multi tasking tool! Yay! So far I give this one a BIG thumbs up!