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Hurricane-force winds: Why leafblowers are so scary for wild animals

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Leaves that fall off the trees then get all soggy and generally add up to a slippery mess on the path, where no one really wants to take a tumble, rain or shine. Often, homeowners and councils will try and clear up said piles of leaves to prevent any accidents, and you may be happy to be rid of the old leaves too. That means you’re likely to spot people frantically clearing leaves from gardens, front yards and driveways, and often deploying high-pressure tools in the process, instead of the tried-and-tested rake or broom. While such gadgets may be tempting, with leaf blowers and leaf vacuum cl…

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