About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk

Garth Christie

Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.

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Feature Story

November 2015

Autumn Days
by Garth Christie

Michiganders cherish our glorious autumn days. We delight at the explosion of the beautiful colors, the contrast of cool air in our lungs, the warm sun on our skin and the scent of harvest is everywhere. Unfortunately citizens’ enjoyment of this seasonal phenomenon is too often marred by the ubiquitous leaf blower commando.

The most obvious concern with leaf blowers is noise. From 50 feet the average gas powered machine is emitting 75 decibels and the operator is enjoying twice the noise level. Many manufacturers recommend that anyone within a 50 foot radius wear ear protection. Also, these machines are propelling heated air at 180 mph, causing burned and dehydrated plants and disrupt photosynthesis and other natural plant functions.

In addition to noise leaf blowers contribute tremendously to air pollution. The oil/gas fuel mix used by these two-stroke engines emits highly toxic amounts of particulate materials such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide and hydrocarbons, all of which cause cancer. Also adding to air pollution is the dust they blow up which contains molds and pollens (harmful to allergy and asthma sufferers), lead, arsenic and mercury (poisonous to us all), rodent saliva, urine and feces (carriers of viral diseases) and lawn chemicals.

Leaf blower commandoes often over fertilize their lawns as evidenced by their little toxic warning signs. The amount of pollution from factories has been reduced to the extent that 60% of water pollution is caused by nonpoint sources or storm water runoff. Fertilizer in our lakes and streams cause algae to grow which rob fish of oxygen they need to survive.

There are alternatives for the leaf-blower commando. A high-tech electric leaf-blower that claims to be “whisper quiet” (35 decibels from 50 feet) is on the market. Also, scientists have developed the “leaf rake” that is surprisingly beneficial. Raking is good exercise for the operator and helps aerate the soil. The small leaf chunks left by the rake are great food for soil critters like earthworms and their by-product is great food for plants. One study found that the operation of a leaf rake uses 12 ounces of “icy cold” Strohs per hour.

The universality of the leaf-blower commando is parodied by the character Ed Crankshaft in the funny papers. The jokes center around his lack of common sense. Don’t be like a cartoon character. If you use a gas powered leaf blower you should wear ear, eye and lung protection. If it is your neighbor using a leaf blower it would be best to go inside and watch football for awhile. If you are operating a leaf rake you can substitute Strohs with a similar fuel.


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