Being Neighborly with a Leaf Blower

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Leaf Blowing Etiquette

We have all been awakened by a leaf blower in the neighborhood at one time or another. This essential tool in maintaining a tidy property can also become an annoyance if not used properly. Noise aside, the dust spread by blowers can cause health problems for people. But with a little awareness and courtesy, cleaning a property doesn’t have to be a disturbance to the public.

  • Operators should look up frequently and be aware of anyone entering the area. This includes vehicles which may have windows open as they pass the working zone.
  • Be mindful of play areas with children and remember that dust kicked up from blowers can travel some distance away.
  • Follow local noise ordinances and only operate power tools during the appropriate ‘working hours’ – not too early or too late in the day. These hours can vary by location and season.
  • Use lower blower speeds which produce less noise and dust. This also helps to save fuel!
  • Rake plant debris into piles first to reduce the amount of time spent operating the leaf blower.
  • Make sure to use the blower tube and hold it close to the ground, helping to reduce the amount of dust that becomes airborne.
  • Invest in updating your equipment. Newer leaf blower models have quieter, more efficient motors, helping to reduce noise and air pollution.

In 2008, Arizona adopted a number of laws addressing the use of leaf blowers (including A.R.S. 49-457.01) that are still in effect today. These include:

Training personnel to have leaf blower etiquette can help keep the disturbance at bay while showing the residents courtesy and respect in their community. Operators should also follow safety procedures for their own protection. For more details on leaf blower training, safety and use, go to