Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping blog

10 Feb

Open Letter to Landscapers and Leaf Blower Operators in the Santa Cruz Area in Spanish and English

To our fellow landscapers:

This is a challenge from Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping. We are a landscaping company in the Santa Cruz area, in business for 25 years.

We ask you to join us in reducing or eliminating leaf blower use in your work. This is in light of the significant impacts of gas leaf blowers including:

• Air pollution
• Particulate matter pollution
• Noise pollution
• Health risks
• Soil degradation

A conservative estimate is that there are four million leaf blowers in California. The majority are gas-powered. Every day blower use dumps over 48,000 tons of carbon dioxide into California air, totaling over 18 million tons per year. This is a significant contributor to climate change.

We performed our own comparison test between a blower versus a rake and broom. The blower took 11 minutes and 56 seconds and the rake and broom took 9 minutes and 17 seconds to clean the exact same area of the exact same volume of debris. We ask that you reconsider the idea that a blower is the most efficient method to clean hardscape areas.

In this test we used an electric leaf blower, which we do employ from time to time in our landscape maintenance service. (Electric blowers are not as loud as gas blowers but they still make noise and cause particulate matter pollution, and we believe they should be used very sparingly.)

After performing this test Terra Nova’s leaf blower position is: We do not use gas-powered leaf blowers ever. We commit to using rake and brooms first, and electric leaf blowers as the last option.

We are not asking you to stop using a two-stroke leaf blower, but please consider the impacts of their use and modify your use accordingly.

Consider that: Rakes and brooms are, by far, the safest, easiest to use and most inexpensive of all methods. They are also lightweight, easy to store, emissions-free, very quiet, require little maintenance and are not a target for thieves as leaf blowers are.
There are 20 cities in California that have already banned leaf blowers. Many people advocate for a leaf blower ban in the Santa Cruz area. There are numerous ways that leaf blowers are misused and abused. If leaf blower operators modified their practices it might ease the perception that a ban is the only solution.

As a concerned member of my community and as the owner of a landscaping business, I am standing up to say: “I am a landscape contractor and I am opposed to leaf blower abuse.” We ask you to show concern for your community. For more information, you can visit the Terra Nova Blog and read the article: “The Blow by Blow on Leaf Blower Abuse.”

Please join us in finding a solution to leaf blower abuse. I can be reached at Ken@terranovalandscaping.com. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, concerns, or would like some suggestions on how to make the transition to rakes and brooms.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.


Ken Foster, Owner
Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping


Carta Abierta a Paisajistas y Operadores de Hoja-Sopladores en el Area
de Santa Cruz

A Nuestros Colegas Paisajistas:

Es nuestro reto de parte de Paisajismo Ecológico Terra Nova.  Somos
una compañía paisajista en el área de Santa Cruz desde ya hacen veinte
y cinco años.

Les pedimos que se unen a nosotros en reducir ó en eliminar el uso en
su trabajo del hoja-soplador. Consiguiente, los impactos
significativos de los hoja-soplantes de gas que incluyen:

.polución del Aire . polución de matéria partícula . polución de Bulla
.  Los riesgos a la Salud . La degradación de la tierra.

Una estimación conservativa consiste en que hay cuatro millones de
hoja-sopladores en California. La mayoría cuales son a función de gas.
Cada día el uso de tales hoja-soplantes botan más de 48.000 en
toneladas de dióxido de carbono al aire de California, en total más de
18 millones de toneladas anuales.  Es un gran contribuidor al cambio
de clima.

Hemos comprobado en nuestra prueba comparativa entre el soplador y un
rastrillo y una escoba.  El soplador tomó onze minutos con 56 segundos
y el rastrillo como la escoba tomaron nueve minutos con 17 segundos
para limpiar el mismo área y de mismo volumen de desechos.  Le pedimos
que Ud. reconsidere la idéa que un soplador mecánico fuese el método
más eficiente para limpiar la superficie dura.

En nuestra prueba utilizamos un hoja-soplador mecánico, el cual de vez
en cuando se emplea en nuestro servicio del mantenimiento paisajista.
(Los sopladores eléctricos nó son tan bullosos como los de gas aunque
todavía hacen bulla y causan polución de la matería partícula, tanto
que creemos deben ser utilizados escasamente.)

Después de realizar esta prueba la posición tomada por Terra Nova
sobre el hoja-soplador es:  No se utilizen los hoja-sopladores de gas
jamás.  Nos comprometemos a utilizar rastrillos y escobas primero, y
la última opción sería el hoja-soplante eléctrico.

No se pide que deje de usar del todo el hoja-soplante con motor de dos
tiempos, pero que por favor se consideren los impactos de su uso y que
se modifiquen de acuerdo con su uso.
Considere lo siguiente:  Rastrillos como escobas son, más allá, los
más seguros, más fáciles a utilizar y los más baratos de todos los
métodos.  También son livianos, fáciles a guardar, independientes de
las emisiones, muy callados, requieren poco mantenimiento y nó son
objetos para robar como los son los hoja-sopladores. Se brindan 20
ciudades en California que ya han prohibido tales hoja-sopladores.
Mucha gente está a favor de la prohibición de hoja-sopladores en el
área de Santa Cruz.  Existen varias manéras en que se malusan y se
abusan.  Sí acaso se moderaran los operadores de hoja-sopladores sus
prácticas esto podría  disminuir la percepción que una prohibición es
la única solución.

Como miembro comprometido de mi comunidad y siendo dueño de un negocio
paisajista, me paro a declarar, *Soy contratador paisajista y me
opongo al abuso del hoja-soplador* Le pedimos que Ud. demuestre su
interés por su comunidad. Para más información, puede Ud. visitar al
Blog de Terra Nova y lea el artículo titulado *El Soplo por Soplo del
Abuso de Hoja-Sopladores*

Por favor le pedimos que se una a nosotros en llegar a una solución
del abuso de hoja-sopladores. Me pueden alcanzar en
Ken@terranovalandscaping.com.  Por favor sientase a gusto con ponerse
en comunicación directa conmigo sí acaso tiene Ud. preguntas,
preocupaciones, ó gusta sugerencias en cuanto a facilitar la tansición
a rastrillos y escobas.
Le agradesco su consideración en este asunto.


Ken Foster, Dueño de Terra Nova Paisajismo Ecológico 831-425-3514

Traducido al Español por M Sophia Santiago 831-295-8312


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    I would love to see gardeners working without the infernal leaf blowers. The prevalence of all gasoline powered equipment in our neighborhoods has undermined the quality of life and indicates a total disregard for one’s neighbors and for the environment.

    The noise, pollution and kicked-up dust, pollen, and dog feces make leaf blowing a blight on urban life.

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