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What is the difference between a leaf blower and a garden vacuum?

The choice between buying a garden leaf blower or a garden vacuum might not always be completely obvious and will depend greatly on your garden and how big it is.

What is a leaf blower?

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Leaf blowers simply do just that; they have a powerful motor, either electric or petrol, which turns a fan to produce a jet of air, rather like a hair dryer but on a much larger scale – and without the heat settings! This strong air flow can be used as a broom to push leaves, and other debris, forwards in large sweeping motions, with a little practice, piles of leaves can quickly and easily be blown into place for easy collection and disposal. Leaf blowers are ideal for large gardens with lots of trees and come in two types; hand held, that often have a shoulder strap to help take the weight or walk behind – usually petrol – with a larger fan that will move more leaves etc and is normally necessary for larger volumes of leaves and debris


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What is a garden vacuum?

Garden Vacuums = are super – efficient vacuums that have a powerful motor which will often be able to suck up even wet leaves that are stuck to pathways or drives. They can also be used to pick up debris from flowerbeds without actually pulling up any of your plants – absolutely perfect for collecting leaves that have fallen amongst your prize perennials. The leaves and debris are collected in a bag that is attached to the machine, and as most of the rubbish has to pass through the fan, it will have been shredded – making perfect for adding to the compost heap or a leaf mould pile.


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Written by: Graham Ward

I’ve been gardening for as long as I can remember, my first earliest memory being planting Graham Ward
seeds in my Grandfather’s prestige flower bed and having a prize lettuce growing there, which he proudly left to show everyone.

Since then, gaining knowledge and experience from both my Grandfather and my Father, I’ve continued to garden, both as a hobby and later on as a professional gardener and landscaper for 12 years. I love all aspects of it, from the design and build, to the planting out of summer borders with plants you’ve either grown from seed or raised from plugs. Unusual varieties always catch my eye and I’m keen to try growing them, even if sometimes it means learning from my mistakes.