It doesn’t really work to ban leaf blowers. People want their walkways and driveways cleared and tidy and a leaf blower is an effective time-saving tool for that job. Even if residents manage to ban leaf blowers for certain times it’s a nightmare to enforce, as evidenced in Newton and Cambridge. So the easiest solution is to replace the noisy gas-powered leaf blowers with quiet electric blowers.
The biggest complaint about gas-powered leaf blowers is the noise. Electric ones are substantially quieter. The misconception of purchasing battery-operated leaf blowers is that they cost more than gas-powered ones. In fact, electric leaf blowers that you plug in are less expensive than gas-powered ones, and the ones that operate with batteries are the same price as gas-powered ones. Another complaint is that electric landscaping equipment isn’t as powerful as gas-powered ones. That is no longer true. Electric mowers and other landscaping equipment are as powerful at this point. The technology is amazing.
Sure you want a tidy garden but have you considered leaving the leaves under the bushes and trees where no one walks. This saves you money, is less work for you and it protects the important permaculture serving as an excellent fertilizer as well as mulch to curb weeds.
Don’t feel like doing it yourself? No problem, just go with a company that only uses electric equipment. I barely hear them work it’s so quiet. There are several that service Bedford or ask your current landscaping company to switch to electric.
Going electric makes sense for your pocketbook, your neighbors’ sanity, and the environment.
PS: The Town of Bedford is in process of replacing their noisier gas-powered landscape equipment with electric ones.