I'm a new first-time homebuyer who needs to clean out my gutters. They are jammed with fall leaves. My home inspector told me to get a ladder and a leaf blower to do the job. The only problem is that the ground around my home is not level. It slopes away from the house on both sides where gutters are, most steeply in the back but somewhat in the front. Is there a way that I can safely place my extension ladder? I heard using a piece of plywood to create a flat surface might work - other good options?
It may be easier to find one place where you can safely place the ladder so that you can get onto the roof. Once you are there you can remove the leaves. Of course this depends on the how steep the roof is and your comfort level of being on the roof vs being on a ladder.
Unless you plan to buy a leaf blower anyway, make sure there are only dry leaves in the gutters. If they're full of decomposing leaves, you'll have to scoop out the gunk and a leaf blower isn't going to cut it.