Lawn sweepers can save a lot of time on yard maintenance and make almost any yard the envy of the neighborhood.
Many people believe that sweepers and leaf blowers are the same but there are differences. A sweeper is sort of like a combination between a mower and a vacuum. It is pushed across the yard and the leaves will be picked up and deposited into a bag at the back. The bag can be detached from the sweeper and dumped.
There are three main types of sweepers which are Powered - This runs on either gasoline or electricity, Hand powered - This is propelled by the person using it and Towed - This is connected to whatever vehicle will be used to go over the lawn.
Choosing the best (right) lawn or yard sweeper will always come down to which of the above categories best fit your needs. In most reviews, the major complaint is that the specific sweeper did not perform the functions the user needed it for most. So it's vital to know what your expectations are. Many expect the lawn sweeper to pick up large pine cones or pine needles. Some of the larger sweepers will but it's best to read reviews of each model before purchasing to determine what exactly to expect. One of the most common complaints found in reviews is the product did not get their lawn clean as carpet or failed to pickup wet leaves. Remember that you're dealing with grass and the length of the grass and grade of yards can very greatly. Make sure the lawn sweeper you choose has adequate height adjustments for your particular yard. Is there many hills or uneven ground? Then make sure you get a lawn sweeper that has a higher max on height adjustments. Moreover, the more uneven your lawn, the less effective the sweeper will be. Also, be prepared to assemble the sweeper yourself if ordering online as well as most brick and mortar stores. However, most reviews scored high on the ease of assembly.
Hamper or hopper size is another major feature to be considered. Sweepers with smaller hoppers will fill up faster and thus you'll be making more trips to dump. Conversely, larger hoppers hold more. Some of the largest hoppers hold around 30 gallons. Not only do the larger sweepers have more hopper capacity, but a wider sweep width as well. The less expensive push sweepers generally have widths of 25 to 26 inches while the larger, tow-behind sweepers can have widths over 38 inches. This is where your storage capacity is important. Make sure you have adequate storage space for the sweeper when its not in use. Although many reviews suggest you can disassemble the sweeper when not in use which makes it easier to store.
Many sweepers can be used on concrete, decks and patios along with many other surfaces. Depending on the climate sweepers can be used all year long which makes them an affordable piece of equipment as compared to units that can only be on specific surfaces or at certain times of the year. Width is another option to consider. The larger the width the less passes it will take to cover the lawn but if the yard has a lot of trees or odd angles a wide width sweeper may be hard to maneuver. The final consideration is weight. If there are steep grades or drop-offs in the yard a lighter sweeper will be easier to handle.
There are a few things to remember when shopping for a lawn sweeper. There are different sizes of catch bags. Some sweepers come with a shredder others do not. If the leaves will be used as compost or mulch this is a nice feature to have. Choosing a sweeper with a height adjuster can save time and may be very useful for yards that have different levels.
There are quite a few reasons to use a lawn sweeper. Some of them are,
Lawn Damage: When leaves build up on a lawn they form a cover over the grass and could leave bald, damaged patches in the yard the following season.
Safety: Leaves can cause people to slip and fall when they form on hard surfaces.
Saving Money: Leaves can be used in compost heaps or mulch which allows a person to buy less compost or mulch for the following year.
Sweepers can be a sound investment for those that have large yards, lots of leaves, and compost or mulch piles. Also if there is a concern about dark or non-growing patches of grass during growing season, or a desire to have a well maintained and clean yard then a lawn sweeper should be considered.