SOUND OFF: Do You Support a Seasonal Leaf Blower Ban?

Autumn is nigh. Do you chafe at blasting leaf-blowers, or is that tidy look worth the audio anguish?


The first leaves are falling, and, in some towns, season leaf-blower bans are about ready to take a vacation. 

Ladies and gentlemen, start your leaf-blower engines.

Newton actually has a .

. Leaf-blowers have been banned since spring; starting next weekend (Sept. 15), blowers will be allowed for three months; the leaf-blower ban resumes in December.

What do you think about banning leaf blowers: the blessed sound of leaf-blower silence or a prime example of government overreach? 

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Editor's note: This story is posted on multiple Patch sites. 

dan September 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM
By banning leaf-blowers in communities, it puts an extra cost on the older population of the community to care for their real estate property. Many senior citizens have to use the services of landscapers to cut their grass and other services to care for their real estate grounds. By banning leaf-blowers the landscaper has to use additional man-power to clean up the property which increases the cost of landscaping for the fix-income senior citizen.
Susan Keeley September 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
While I wouldn't shed a tear if every last leafblower on earth suddenly stopped working and couldn't be replaced -- I hate with a passion the sound they make! -- banning them is extreme. It seems to me this is one of those things that the lawn implement manufacturers should take back to their design boards. Make them quieter, make them more fuel efficient or rechargeable or some such thing. We used to own an electric one and it was significantly quieter than our neighbors' gas-powered one. Making them have lower emissions and less of an assault on auditory health can be accomplished with enough consumer pressure. Turning up the iPod is not a viable suggestion. There's no amount of additional ear drum damaging noise that can possibly cover up the whine and screech of leaf blowers. Newer models apparently are being produced with lower noise levels so the industry is aware this is an issue and is at least attempting to rectify it to some degree. As for the folks who blow their leaves and dirt into the street -- now that is something the town could and should address. Though TMM made a very pertinent point. The laws we already have on the books about blowers aren't enforced. Enacting new ones is probably pointless since there will alwyas be a contingent of people who get their jollies out of breaking them.
Lisa September 11, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Maybe people are upset because many times (at least in my neighborhood) the landscapers start with the noisemakers super early (6:45am). I realize they have a job to do but it is very disruptive so early in the morning.
Robert Wagner September 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Leaf blowing is part of suburbun living, But we should ban gangs of landscapers at 6am rolling through your neighborhood like a troop of soldiers firing at will.
DAD September 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I thought you were great in Hart to Hart.
Earnhardt September 12, 2012 at 03:54 PM
But it's OK for trash collection to start at 6 am? or doesn't Brookline HAVE any trash? Or do you have the Butler take it to the outskirts of town? Be real here,It will not stop at leaf blowers, Next it will be no lawn mowing Saturday's, Sunday's and holiday's. And then it will continue. it's all a SNOB issue. See you in court, Hope you enjoy the national attention and embaressment you will receive when you lose BIG TIME! Hey Jeeves! get ready for a cut in pay when your "master" has to pay for my court costs!
Santo September 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Your odd disdain for Brookline and silly notion that every household has a built in butler (probably next to the washer and dryer hookup) aside, I agree, I don't think a ban is necessary, but I see the arguments on both sides. That being said, a ban getting passed wouldn't bother me either, because, well, how many non landscapers in this town really have gas powered leaf blowers anyway? I also think your "slippery slope" argument leading to a lawn mower ban, snow blower ban, dogs and cats living together ban, is a little off the mark. This issue is more akin to the idling of diesel trucks or something along those lines. Also, I don't think your court costs would be very high as it would take a judge all of 2 minutes to determine that you knowingly and willfully violated a town ban...I also doubt you would go court in the first place as no one is going to enforce such a rule...
Earnhardt September 13, 2012 at 01:38 AM
@ Santo. It's the truth, not disdain. Court costs aside, You fail to mention the fact that I would win, As for the "slippery slope" argument. Tewksbury (not my town) Tried last year to enforce a snow blower ban, Before 7 am and after 8 pm/ But because people have to clean out the driveways to get to work. it was shot down quickly. However I can see a snobby town as Brookline pushing such a law through, followed soon by mowing lawns at certain times etc etc. Dogs and Cats? Hmmm does Brookiline animal control know the live together? I think you are the one a little off the mark. That's how things like this start: With one ban on something then soon something else, and so on.. Its a town full of SNOBS and NIMBY'S , By the way, Where do you keep YOUR butler? in the room off the library?
Santo September 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
You're right, I did fail to mention that you would win your case where your only defense would be "but Your Honorrrrrrr, I don't like this rule that I knowingly violated! Waaaaaaaa" because you wouldn't win. And while I still enjoy your sweeping generalizations of the town of Brookline and its populous, I still fail to see how a leaf blower ban leads to a ban of ANYTHING ELSE. Why? Because its a BAN ON LEAF BLOWERS! LEAF BLOWERS!! Do you even own one?? If they were banned tomorrow would your life be impacted in ANY WAY? Do you seriously think this leads to an Orwellian future with Big Brother? Do you really think if Wobun bans leaf blowers they will eventually ban dancing ala Footloose?? And for the record, I keep my butler in the living room with me. I actually dictate my posts to him...His grammar clearly isn't perfect, but we're on it together....well, when he's not buying me Fig Newtons (insert joke generalizing the town of Newton here).
Earnhardt September 13, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Santo Santo Santo, you poor misguided soul. Bans on anything will eventualy lead to more bans. I Own a leaf blower. DO YOU? ban leaf blowers now.. then next come regulations on when you can use OTHER Outdoor power equipment. Think about it! You fail to see it because you choose NOT to see it. Anytime something gets taken away from me my life is impacted, Especially when it is taken away by a bunch of snobs who simply do not want to hear noise interrupting their lives in any way.. leaf blowers now, all outdoor power equipment in the future, Unless of course you pay 50 bucks for a lawn mowing permit, Can't you see it coming? are you that naive? if I was your Butler, I wouldn't stay in the living room with you. Any good Butler knows its called a Parlor, not a living room. Every once in a while stop holding your nose up so high in the air and wake up!
ken November 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I don't hear snobbery here, but I do hear a bunch of knuckle draggers too lazy to rake their leaves. you blowers have been breathing too much of the dirt you blow into the air that wrecks all of our lungs, including our childrens young lungs. electric blowers are just as bad. If you'd get off your beer filled ass and rake your leaves like I've done for 70 years, you'd be healthier and smarter. Life was better before draggers and blowers.
ken November 05, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Correct and before blowers people were thinner and smarter. The fact is that leaves are food for the soil, for those of us who still care about nature. The time it takes to rake is similar to the time it takes to blow. Laziness is the main factor here and I don't want my children and pets to breathe your inconsiderate filth.
Gone4Now November 05, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Hey Ken, If the leaves are food for soil,maybe you should take in all of your neighbors leaves.
Gone4Now November 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Susan, You state "We used to own an electric one...", where does the electricity to run/charge them come from??? Coal, oil, or nuke powered plants.OH NO, NO, NO!!!
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Hey Ken.. tell it to the Butler.
ken November 06, 2012 at 01:55 AM
sorry to ruin your fun but electric blowers use more fuel than gas powered because of conversion factors and transmission line friction but they throw just as much dirt into your lungs. and theyre not quiet either.
ken November 06, 2012 at 02:04 AM
it stops when when guys like you move up the ladder to a real job, stop whining like 2 year olds and leave lawn mowing to school kids where it belongs. grass cutting is not a career. school-kids have always done this work, many times with no power mower, no leaf blower at all and no whining, for 25 cents. change your diaper and move on, you have no case.
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 02:11 AM
It's Ok Ken the vibrations won't ruin you Cartier watch, You can use a leaf blower all day. Get ready for the permit to mow your lawn. only $50.00 for a 3 month permit. So no raise for the Butler next year.
ken November 06, 2012 at 03:54 AM
lisa, at what hour of the day is it o.k. to throw dirt into your children's lungs? folks have used rakes for thousands of years and they didn't throw tons of dirt into the air the way blowers do. they are totally unnecessary, very dangerous, waste energy, extremely unhealthy in many ways, and used mostly by the ignorant ones who usually ruin things for the rest of us.
ken November 06, 2012 at 04:14 AM
im afraid i haven't heard anything from earnhardt to suggest that he could win anything in court other than a conehat. with non-starters like him the ban should have no problem passing.by the way, none of these folks have butlers, which would strongly suggest that earnhardt is delusional amongst his many other problems. probably explains why he can't find any work other than blowing leaves and dirt. the noise, dirt, and fumes probably get him quite high.
ken November 06, 2012 at 04:19 AM
please get back on your medication. im not wasting any more time on you.
ken November 06, 2012 at 04:20 AM
the butler agrees.
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Thankfully, now take the Butler's advice and go do something productive, BTW. your alter ego is spouting off elsewhere. get ready for that $50.00 fee to mow the lawn soon. Go vote Ken.. it's up to all of us to voice our opinions. It's what America is all about.
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Absolutly! are you gonna take the bus? make sure you stand up for the old ladies!
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
The alter ego appears... :)
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM
End unit street level.. Just right for a pickle eater.. Off to vote now... CHOW baldy
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 12:51 PM
GAME.. SET.. AND MATCH! Thanks for the laughs... go cry in the pickle jar...LOLOL
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Yeah those cardiac episodes, That's why I don't step out and ride the bus like you do. Don't want one of those! That's why you need to drop the Ding Dongs Mikey boy. It could happen to you. :) :) keep trying though. you may find out who I am yet.. Your was way way too easy... TORO!
Earnhardt November 06, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Well Mikey boy. when you can afford to buy the best, why not buy the best? si mucho rapido! gracias Sunshine.. BTW I am thinking of buying your building for investment, But the end unit will have to go... CHOW...Going to Brookline now to cut some grass. You work on that gut... and smile. in those pics you look like you just dropped one in your drawers!
Earnhardt April 10, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Fired p the leaf blower yesterday, The yard is all done! Gotta admit, it was hard watching the Butler get taken away in handcuffs, But it's nice having a clean yard ;)


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