Review: Troy-Bilt CORE Blower and Giveaway!

by Seasonal Wisdom on June 26, 2017

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 042The Jacaranda trees are blooming in Southern California and spreading purple flowers all over the place. See how the Troy-Bilt CORE blower performs in cleaning them up, and enter to win a $100 Lowe’s gift card.

Plus, take a tour my friends’ new drought tolerant garden and learn more about Jacarandas trees.

Jacaranda treesEach spring and early summer in my Southern California neighborhood, the eye-popping Jacaranda trees bloom. These fast-growing, drought-tolerant trees reach 25 to 50 feet tall and 15 to 30 feet wide. It’s a lovely sight to see the streets lined in purple, but as the LA Times reports, you either love these trees or hate them.

Jacaranda messWhy? Because they make a serious mess when they bloom, which is why this pretty tree isn’t great planted near cars or houses. Many people on this street park their cars in the garage during this time to protect the paint.

Maggie in the messEven on Maggie’s daily walks, we have to clean her paws so she doesn’t track these pretty, but annoying flowers in the house.

more jacarandaThat’s why I thought these trees might be a good challenge for the Troy-Bilt CORE blower, which I was asked to review recently as a Troy-Bilt blogger. And I knew just where to go to try it out – my friends Kurt and Lynn’s house.

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 010They inherited a Jacaranda tree when they bought their house, and the lovely tree makes a huge mess each year.

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 015The Troy-Bilt blower has the industry’s only motor with a limited lifetime warranty. It also has variable speeds up to 545cfm/125 mph to lift these stubborn flowers off the walkway.

The blower is powered by a Lithium-ion battery, which can be swapped for any battery needed in the Troy-Bilt CORE system.

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 044It did a great job of blowing away many of the flowers, as well as miscellaneous leaves and yard scraps.

You’ll find plenty of power to do various yard work and the battery seems quite long lasting. We easily did the entire yard without any problem.

drought tolerant california gardenMeanwhile, Kurt and Lynn have done a charming job of building a new garden with succulents and other drought-tolerant plants. In a shady spot they added two Adirondack chairs to enjoy the space.

yarrowThey’ve added lots of gorgeous stones that compliment the flowers. Groundcovers are slowly filling in the open spaces, and there is room for these plants to grow.

The rocks and plants match the midcentury style of the house and add a natural, rustic feel.

Kurt's Yard 6-2-17 040

It was a fine place to test the Troy-Bilt CORE blower and I can’t wait to see how the garden space develops in future years.

Win a Lowe’s Gift Card

Here’s your chance to win a Lowe’s gift card for $100 to use on whatever you want.

It’s easy to enter this random drawing. Just be sure to enter by midnight, July 2, 2017 and PLEASE include your email so we can alert you if you win. (This drawing is limited to the United States.)

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GOOD LUCK everyone!

Disclosure: This Troy-Bilt review was sponsored and a blower was provided to me at no cost. However, my opinions are always my own.




Bianca Munoz June 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

We just moved to a new place and we have so much land that needs to be tended to. The back deck needs attention and needs to be redone. Weeds needs to be weeded. So much to do! Thank you for the giveaway :)

Kelly D June 26, 2017 at 10:11 am

Our garden priority is to add new garden boxes and plant more of a variety.

Julie Wood June 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

My top garden priority is to get my tomatoes to be healthy and get the kids to have fun gardening!

Betsy Barnes June 26, 2017 at 10:32 am

My top garden priority this summer, have a wide variety of hanging flowers to accent our deck.

Kim Henrichs June 26, 2017 at 10:35 am

We’re building a succulent wall!

Allison Swain June 26, 2017 at 11:09 am

My top garden priority is growing tomatoes. Thanks for the chance to win!

Bart Waite June 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

My top garden priority for this summer is to clear weeds in the pond area behind house and get the invasive Chinaberry trees under control.

Rhonda Callahan June 26, 2017 at 11:26 am

Thank you for the review. I am looking to purchase a new leaf blower.

Rosie June 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

Keeping the critters from eating everything. One thing I tried for the first time is a horseradish root, I planted it after ordering it, and when I went out to check on it in one day it had already disappeared. Some hungry critters with a gourmet appetite!

Jilliann M June 26, 2017 at 12:16 pm

We need to clear out the garden beds

Elena June 26, 2017 at 12:18 pm

My top garden priority this summer is to make sure my plants survive the heat

heather June 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

My top priority garden job this summer is to battle the weeds.

Christopher Mason June 26, 2017 at 1:20 pm

Install more gnomes. We have a distinct lack of them in the yard… as in none.

carol clark June 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

is keeping azomite from washing away like its flooded here so much and my soil is like clay and keeping my trees well watered

Emeryl June 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

We changed an area of our yard into a garden, and I want to get it filled with fruits and vegetables this summer.

That and the never-ending battle against weeds.

Tammy Shelton June 26, 2017 at 2:03 pm

Moving into a new house from a condo. So we need a new lawn mower.

Claire Splan June 26, 2017 at 2:04 pm

I love jacarandas! If you have to spend time sweeping, raking, or blowing something away, it might as well be pretty purple petals!

Steve Weber June 26, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Our garden priority is to add some newer herbs to our garden.

Will G June 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Keeping the weeds out.

Joy June 26, 2017 at 3:02 pm

My top priority is watering the thirsty plants to make sure they survive the heat wave we’ve been having.

Ellie Wright June 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm

My top garden priority this year is to plant new hedges along our front walkway.

shelly peterson June 26, 2017 at 4:27 pm

Where I live we have a shared yard which makes it difficult to have a vegetable garden but I do plant some flowers out front that I have to keep watered and weeded.

Rachel June 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm

My top garden priority in the summer is trying to keep the weeds as minimal as I possibly can. I feel like every time I turn around there’s more weeds growing.

Cheryl B June 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm

My garden priorities this year is, spread my earthworm soil, plant my veggies and weed the flowers.

Natalie June 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

My top garden priority this summer is to care for my vegetable garden. I need to be better about watering it regularly and keeping the pests away.

Stephanie Phelps June 26, 2017 at 4:50 pm

My top priority is to get my beds in better shape. They are not doing well because they are not in good soil so I am reworking it!

Nancy Loring June 26, 2017 at 5:12 pm

My garden priority this year is to keep the groundhogs and the rabbits out of my garden. I don’t mind sharing but they destroy too much.

Amanda lea June 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

To build a beautiful walkway, lined with monkey grass!!

Nicole Martin June 26, 2017 at 6:53 pm

My top priority is to keep the weeds away!

Tim June 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

I say I am going to do it every year, but this year I am going to put some of that black anti-weed fabric in our garden beds.

Susan Christy June 26, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I want to clean out the last two unused flower beds so they will be ready for planting next year.

Tee Anderson June 26, 2017 at 8:15 pm

My top priority is to cutting back some trees that give my raised beds too much shade.

harolde June 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

I would love to grow some roses and tulips

Christina A. June 26, 2017 at 10:36 pm

We are planting lots of new plants and bushes filling in empty space around our house!

Lindsay Bade June 27, 2017 at 1:06 am

This year I want to have more garden boxes and less weeds! I have tried to grow pumpkins every year for I don’t know how long… they never get big enough to carve. I am hoping this is the year!!

kelly tupick June 27, 2017 at 3:26 am

My top priority is keeping the grubs and bugs away from my plants and keeping the weeds out.

Modern Mia June 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

Our goal for the summer is finally find a spot for a grapefruit tree and keep the garden weeds at bay. The grass is taking over the garden beds due to spurts of heavy rain.

Kimberly G June 27, 2017 at 4:48 am

My top garden priority is to surround myself with flowers.

Heather W June 27, 2017 at 4:57 am

Our priority is getting rid of our moles that have taken up our yard!

Laurajj June 27, 2017 at 5:33 am

My garden priority this year is to get some new raised beds where I can create a butterfly and bee garden to help them!

Nicole Zerbini June 27, 2017 at 6:07 am

My top priority this year is to keep on top of the weeds!

Elizabeth Brooks June 27, 2017 at 7:07 am

My garden :)

Beth Minyard June 27, 2017 at 8:08 am

Getting the yard ready to sell the house! LOTS to do! Thanks for the awesome giveaway, this would be so helpful.

Mary Cloud June 27, 2017 at 9:21 am

I would love to plant some veggies like Squash and Okra but the rain won’t stop long enough to let us this Summer.

Bridgett Wilbur June 27, 2017 at 9:43 am

My top priority this year is to keep my garden weed free.

KellieRose Wilson June 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

My top priority is making the yard look lush again

Chelsea amanda June 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm

My top priority is getting the mower to work.

Stacey Roberson June 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm

My priority is keeping the weeds out! We have plants running up both sides of our driveway all the way to the street (we have a fairly long driveway). It’s quite a bit of work every year.

Lynn Fogel June 27, 2017 at 7:14 pm

Very nice review. Happy to have you use our newly landscaped yard. You’re welcome to come over anytime and blow those pesky but pretty purple flowers away!

Seasonal Wisdom June 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

Thanks, Lynn. We love your garden!

Dana Esker June 27, 2017 at 10:44 pm

To keep my garden free of weeds.

Elle June 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

My top priority is to keep the deer from eating our planted flowers!

Dana Rodriguez June 28, 2017 at 2:23 pm

My top priority is to clean the flower beds.

Rust June 28, 2017 at 3:16 pm

This year I am going all out with chard I planted a few plants last year and really enjoyed fresh chard with meals. This year I’ve started from seed and they are really growing like mad!

Erika W. June 28, 2017 at 3:44 pm

My top priority is to plant flowers in my front beds. I’d like to remove two weird bushes in the front yard too.

Marilyn Nawara June 28, 2017 at 6:32 pm

My priority is planting new shrubs along the side of the property. We had all of the pine trees removed last month and now we need to plant something new.

Lauren H June 29, 2017 at 1:52 am

I have to clean up all the weed in the yard.

Tina W June 29, 2017 at 4:27 am

My priority this year is to reorganize and get drip lines set up before the fall garden goes in.

cHrissy June 29, 2017 at 5:51 am

Our top garden priority this year is to get a fence up and prep the area for a garden next year. We’ve had a lot of animals eating our plants and that has made gardening very discouraging.

Samantha June 29, 2017 at 5:59 am

I’ve just been overseas for 3 weeks so my top priority now that I’m back is to weed, it’s the rainy season in Florida so that means weeds grow crazy over night. I’d also love to rebuild my above ground planter since some of the wood has started to decay.

laura bernard June 29, 2017 at 10:43 am

We need to re-fence the garden area to keep critters out!

Mita June 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

My top priority is to keep the weeds away

James Robert June 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

I just moved and my priority is getting all the shingles and more out of my yard that was left there.

Susan Smith June 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

My top garden priority this summer is to keep it clear of weeds.

Sarah Hayes June 30, 2017 at 11:21 am

try to keep all the weeds out when we arent home much is tough

Lindsey C. June 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

We are first-time home buyers closing very soon so this summer my priority is to learn how to care for the garden we are going to have!

Kenny F June 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

cutting back some trees

Kathleen Whitney July 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Tilling side of property for Corn!

Karrie Millheim July 1, 2017 at 2:56 pm

Keeping the garden from getting any insects in it

Janice Cooper July 1, 2017 at 3:18 pm

My top garden priority is to get our grass in better shape, keep my flower beds and garden clean and weed free.

Jessica Mcfarlin July 1, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Keeping the edging looking good and add more mulch.

Jenni Westman July 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Our priority is to level out our backyard!

kristina daniels July 1, 2017 at 8:42 pm

This is my first year ever having a garden, and I am making a gnome garden, So far so good! Thanks so much for the chance@!

Kristina Prewitt July 1, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Our top gardening priority is caring for our vegetables to ensure a great harvest!!!!

amanda whitley July 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm

my garden priority is growing my veggies.

Karla R. July 1, 2017 at 10:59 pm

I want to keep the weeds away and keep the grass maintained.

Shayna Brookman July 2, 2017 at 5:40 am

I would just like to plant a few flowers around the outside of the house. I am not that great at gardening and I don’t know where to start.

sarah mayer July 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

My ultimate goal is just to maintain my garden.

Patricia Wojnar Crowley July 2, 2017 at 12:12 pm

I’m hoping for a good healthy crop of tomatoes.

adriana July 2, 2017 at 3:45 pm

Keeping bugs away.

Kristen July 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm

My current priority is some new flowers along our front walkway and some fall veggies for the back garden.

Rosie Areola (Heather) July 2, 2017 at 5:09 pm

I’m trying my hand at vegetable growing for the first time this year – from seed! So those are my babies/priority this year. SO fun!

Ashley C July 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm

We are putting a shade garden in our front yard.


Cindy July 2, 2017 at 7:29 pm

My tomatoes are my priority this summer.

DeAnna Keller July 2, 2017 at 7:38 pm

My top garden priority is to keep up with everything that it needs. I have to be on top of pulling out all of the weeds.

sarah s July 2, 2017 at 8:53 pm

I would like to get some potted plants for outside.

Katerina July 2, 2017 at 9:50 pm

My top garden priority is to plant a few trees!

Dina L July 2, 2017 at 10:19 pm

My goal is to keep my vegetables free from pests.

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