Folks living in areas with lots of deciduous trees like oak and maple look forward to autumn's beautiful changing colors.
But most people don't look forward to cleaning up all those leaves, although a trusty leaf blower can make the job easier.
Depending on where you live in the United States, leaves fall at different times. So, when can you expect fall to fall near you?
Fall Foliage Map
The foliage map below can help you find out what to expect in your area.
Foliage color change is caused by a reduction in the amount of light leaves absorb. As days get shorter and nights get colder, the leaves prepare for winter by stopping the production of chlorophyll (the substance that makes them green).
As chlorophyll production ceases, the red, orange and yellow colors of autumn become visible. And once leaves start to reach their color peaks, they will fall.
Other factors, such as temperature and rain fall, have a lesser impact on when leaves fall. For example, a drought could cause the leaves to begin changing a week earlier than normal.
Broad leaves are too thin and would not be able to survive the freezing cold of winter, that's why trees ditch them. This is also why pine trees keep their needles throughout the seasons; they are covered in a waxy coating, preventing them from freezing.
Cleaning Up Fallen Leaves
With the beautiful colors of fall comes the inspiration for the season's name. Leaves that change color are soon to fall.
When they fall, you find yourself faced with a dreaded chore... unless you have the ideal tool to make this chore a breeze.
If you'd like to find that perfect leaf-removal tool for your property, you can take a look at our Leaf Blower Buyer's Guide. This guide will help you determine the best style of leaf blower for your property so you can breeze through fall cleanup work without breaking a sweat.