Noise, toxic fumes, high speed airjets, and hot air or surfaces of gas-powered equipment can have a damaging impact on our ecosystems. Wildlife may be driven away from their habitats or suffer injuries. Nests and natural habitats may be disrupted or destroyed. Seeds, pollen, and sap vital for propagation of plants and animals may be desiccated.
Leaf blowers can harm gardens and landscapes. Branch breakage, leaf loss, and root exposure resulting from the high velocity (150-280 mph) airjets only inches away can injure or kill plants. Loss or compaction of topsoil and mulch reduces protection and nourishment for plants, animals, and insects. Airjets can spread disease-causing pathogens and invasive seeds.
The natural ground cover of leaves, topsoil, and mulch protects, nourishes, and provides moisture to plants and animals, including important pollinators. Butterflies and insects need leaves for their habitats. Birds forage for food in leaves left on the ground and under shrubs. Bumblebees nest in soil or piles of dead leaves.