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After a long, hot and wet summer, I am so thankful that fall has finally arrived in the desert Southwest.

 
For many people, autumn brings to mind brightly colored foliage that later falls to the ground and has to be raked, or if you are lucky – cleaned up using your leaf blower.
 
In partnership with the folks at Troy-Bilt and a member of the Saturday 6, I am fortunate in being able to test a variety of their products in my own garden and share with you my honest opinion.
 
Recently, I was was very excited to test one of their newest garden tools – the TB2MB JET Gas Leaf Blower.
 
Now, I must admit that autumn leaves do not make an appearance in my garden for the simple reason that I have no deciduous trees.  However, I do get a lot of use out of my regular leaf blower, which I use throughout the year for the following tasks:
 
– Cleaning up fallen leaves after I have finished pruning my shrubs.
 
– Getting rid of dirt and small rocks that are lodged in the small cracks in my patio and driveway.
 
– Moving leaf debris toward the base of shrubs and trees where it can serve as mulch.

Adding leaves to my compost bin.

– Gathering up excess leaf litter and putting it in my compost pile.

 
– Cleaning up after monsoon storms when my neighbor’s leaves blow into my garden 😉
 
As a horticulturist (and homeowner), I have used my share of different leaf blowers, so I was excited to see how Troy-Bilt’s newest hand-held, leaf blower did in my own garden.
 
 
After taking it out of the box, all of the pieces fit together and after looking at it, I thought that this was probably the ‘coolest’ looking leaf blower I’d ever seen with its aerodynamic lines.
 
But, looks are one thing – I took it out into the garden to see how well it worked.
 
 
I first used the blower to direct the leaf debris toward the base of my new orange tree, where they will serve as mulch and improve the soil as the leaves break down.  
 
Then, I moved to my driveway and patio to clean out the dirty seams and small rocks.
 
 
On a different day, I used it to clean the rock in my garden and direct the leaves toward the base of my flowering shrubs, which will appreciate the mulch.
 
 
Here are my observations after using Troy-Bilt’s Jet Gas Leaf Blower:
 
– It was not too heavy to hold.
 
– Using the pull-start was easy, but the blower can also be started using Troy-Bilt’s Jump Start Engine Starter tool.
 
– The air flow was more focused than other blowers that I have used, making it easier to direct the leaves.  It moved most of the small rocks in the seams in the driveway and cleaned out much of the dirt.
 
– The handle was comfortable and I really liked the cruise control option, which locked in the air speed.
 
– It cleaned the debris from my gravel without moving too much of my gravel with it.
 
– My husband, (who I must admit uses a leaf blower more often than I do), wanted me to mention that he likes that the intake of the Jet Gas Leaf Blower is not on the bottom.  Some leaf blowers do have the intake on the bottom, which can inadvertently suck up small pieces of gravel.
 
 
I must admit that I like using leaf blowers and I was having so much fun with Troy-Bilt’s newest leaf blower, that I actually enjoyed cleaning my garden.
 
If you want to learn more about Troy-Bilt’s most powerful handheld leaf blower, they created a video, which shows how it works.
 
**So, would you like to have one of these in your own garage or garden shed?  The folks at Troy-Bilt are giving one away to one of you!
 
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment.
 For an extra entry, follow me on Facebook Twitter and/or Google+ and be sure to let me know when you leave a comment.
(Be sure to leave your email address if it’s not on your profile, or I won’t have any way to contact you.)
 
I will pick a random entry on Monday, October 27th.
 
Good Luck!
*Disclosure: I was provided the leaf blower free of charge for my honest review.

Last week, I hinted at the garden video that I created for the folks at Troybilt as part of my paid partnership with the ‘Saturday 6’.


In the past, I have been in gardening videos, but I had a film crew who did all the filming and editing for the videos for their website.


This time, there was no film crew.  I was asked to create a homemade ‘how-to’ video for Troybilt on a gardening subject that I selected.


I decided to create a video on one of my favorite subjects…

“How to grow vegetables with ornamental plants in containers.”



The video is supposed to be amateurish and not polished.  I can assure you that I fulfilled their requirements.  There is no way that anyone can mistake my video as professionally done.


But, I had fun and I hope you like it.




 




*I have partnered with the folks at Troy-Bilt and am hosting a giveaway of their equipment that they are providing free of charge.

Thank you all for entering my giveaway for a TroyBilt string trimmer, JumpStart electronic starter and your choice of attachment.

 

And the winner is….

 

“fastdog” who selected a cultivator as their attachment.
 
Congratulations!  
I will be sending you an email soon.
 
For those of you who didn’t win – I encourage you to visit your local Lowe’s store and check them out for yourself.  All of these TroyBilt products are wonderful and would be an asset in any garden.
 
 
For another chance to win TroyBilt equipment, check out the Saturday 6 link, for my fellow bloggers who will soon be giving away TroyBilt products on their blogs.