“Leaf Blowers Unite!“ Sacramento Business Journal, Sept. 9. 2016
“Measure V: Leaf Blower Armageddon,” by Bob Edwards, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sept. 1, 2016.
Hear what a real life leaf blower has to say in a recent article in The New Yorker: “I Am a Leaf Blower.”
John Humphries declares war on leaf blowers in the Daily Mail.
SONOMA LEAF BLOWER SAGA:
“Why I’m Voting YES on Measure V,” by Sarah Ford, Index-Tribune, October 2016.
“The Leaf Blower Answer,” by Fred Allebach, Sonoma Valley Sun, Sept. 1, 2016.
“Chicken Jerry’s Leaf Blower Revenge,” (go to page 108), Valley of the Moon Magazine, May 2016
“It’s All Over but the Shouting,” Sonoma Index-Tribune, March 8, 2016.
“City Council Bans Gas leaf Blowers,” Sonoma Valley Sun, February 18, 2016.
“Another Failure to lead,” Sonoma Valley Sun, October 6, 2015
“It Blows,” Valley of the Moon Magazine, Sept. 25, 2015.
LEAF BLOWER EMISSIONS AND PARTICULATE MATTER (PM):
The Air District Report on Leaf Blower Health Risks
Harvard School of Public Health, Dec. 2014, fine particulate air pollution linked to higher autism risk
CA EPA Air Resources Board, Particulate Matter Brochure, see #4 under “What can you do?” – “Avoid using leaf blowers and other dust-producing equipment.”
Web MD blog, “Leaf Blowers Blow a Lot More Than Leaves.”
The American Lung Association (see #8)
Edmunds.com video demonstrating that leaf blowers’ emissions are worse than a Ford Raptor truck
The American Heart Association Scientific Statement on PM Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Health
MCMOW & BLOW:
Sierra Club newsletter on a backlash in Long Island against mow-and-blow landscaping.
Why leaf blowers are so annoying, Raise the Hammer web site, October 2010.
WAMU web site, Washington DC Composer Fights Leaf Blowers
“The Best and Worst Leaf Blowers,” Consumer Reports:
At 1:46: “Gasoline blowers are noisy. In our tests we measure noise in decibels at ear level and from 50 feet away to see how your yard clean-up sounds to your neighbor. Some gasoline leaf blowers can be as loud as a chain saw. But it’s not just the noise level, it’s the frequency, that annoying high-pitched screeching sound that makes these tools especially irritating to our ears.” At 3:05: “Consumer Reports tests find some [electric blowers] can sweep away leaves and debris almost as well as top-performing gasoline models. They may still be noisy, but from 50 away most are quieter than their gasoline cousins.”
Use Your Leaves – Making Leaf Mold and Compost, Turkey Hill Farm blog post
National Wildlife Federation – “Why You should Leave the Leaves.”
HARM TO POLLINATORS FROM LEAF BLOWERS:
New York Times, Decline of Pollinators Poses Threat to Food Supply
Comprehensive report from the Burlingame Citizen’s Environmental Council regarding leaf blowers.
Medical Society of New York Resolution to ban gas leaf blowers, 2016.
Press Democrat, Shepherd Bliss – Guest Opinion
A doctor weighs in on leaf blowers, Marin Independent Journal, July 2014.
The Star Ledger (NJ), “Leaf Blowers and Liberty: Your Right to use One Ends where My Property Begins.”
The Guardian, December 2015, “Lawn Wars”
Huff Post, November 2014 “The Great Leaf Blower Divide”
OTHER LEAF BLOWER GROUPS:
Quiet Communities (Lincoln, MA)
Huntington CALM (Huntington, NY)
Jim and Deb Fallows’ Washington, DC Atlantic blog about community action, including leaf blowers
Go Green Wilmette (Illinois)
The Leaf Blower Alternative (Wilmette, IL)
GREEN LANDSCAPERS, RESOURCES:
Get Reel Landscaping in Sonoma.