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.

pmotw November 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I would blame President Bush! Can you be a tree hugger and then complain when you loose power because your trees are too close to power lines? Can you be a tree hugger and then complain about the most efficient method (leaf blower) to remove leaves? You live in Sudbury! Did you not know there would be trees and falling leaves? Best bet for you leaf blower complainers would be to move to a place with no trees.
Rob January 15, 2013 at 06:36 PM
who knows: you do not do your self a service by attacking people labling them "stupid" or "retarded" because they dont agree with your viewpoint. 1. The term Retarded is low brow and insensitive. You should try to educate your self on peoples plights with special needs before you throw around that word 2. A 100 years ago children were used as labor. Should we go back to that too? 3. who do you think you are that you should tell me how to live? How about your rights end at the tip of my nose 4. You should seek help for your anger 5. reported for violation of TOS.
Karla Vallance January 15, 2013 at 06:38 PM
@Rob, you beat us to it. @Who Knows, we have deleted your comment; we have a zero-tolerance policy for profanity.
Charlie k May 05, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Good morning! I have a leaf blower and the noise isn't that bad. But at 6 am Sunday ,morning? And its not leafs, its a parking lot. As i look out my window with that nice hummmm over my t.v. and look at the dust (no wind to speak of at DAWN!) it is as high as the top of the telephone poles. I just looked at the last post 2012 So this will fall on deaf ears. Oh they just stopped only 90 mins.to clean off the parking lot.
Billy T July 03, 2013 at 12:22 PM
A leaf blower ban doesn't have to be full. Palo Alto only bans *gasoline* leaf blowers, which are significantly louder than their electric-only counterparts. Also, if we limit leaf blowing to the hours of 11:00am and 9:00pm, we can be more sure its not waking people up in the morning (some people don't have the same 9-5 schedule "normal" people do).


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