Raking leaves, picking up lawn debris and keeping your lawn looking beautiful is a chore. Not only can it be hard on your back and joints, the tasks seem never-ending.
Enter the lawn sweeper. This machine can basically replace your rake, as it can sweep up leaves, acorns, grass clippings and other debris.
What is a Lawn Sweeper?
Lawn Sweeper Reviews, a website with the tagline “No More Raking!, offers honest reviews of lawn sweepers, and explains that there are two types of lawn sweepers: Tow-behind and push.
Tow-behind lawn sweeper
A tow-behind lawn sweeper is usually pulled by a lawn tractor or a riding mower.
Push lawn sweeper
A push lawn sweeper is operated manually and is suited to people with smaller lawns or those who enjoy using yard work as a form of exercise.
A lawn sweeper has a rotating sweeping brush that gathers up the lawn debris into an attached hopper bag. When the bag fills up, you empty it into a lawn bag or compost pile. Simple!
Do You Need a Lawn Sweeper?
If you have a big yard and dislike yard cleanup tasks, then perhaps a lawn sweeper is a good choice because it saves you hours of time (and sore muscles). In addition to picking up debris, such as leaves and pine needles, lawn sweepers can also help you manage pine cones, acorns and twigs. Keep in mind that a lawn sweeper won’t pick up bigger sticks and branches, according to Epic Gardening, a website aimed at helping home gardeners. But, a lawn sweeper can help you clear out dust and dirt from your patio, walkway or driveway.
“People who get lawn sweepers report that they actually enjoy clearing their lawns, whereas they used to resist and even hate the chore before,” notes Lawn Sweeper Reviews. “The psychological benefits of owning a lawn sweeper are significant, including reduced stress and worry.”
Things to Consider Before You Buy a Lawn Sweeper
Lawn sweepers are available at home improvement stores such as Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Tractor Supply and Menards, as well as online retailers. You will also find that some stores rent lawn sweepers, so you can try one out before you buy.
What is the best lawn sweeper?
Tow-behind lawn sweepers generally cost $300 to $400. One of the top-rated models on Amazon is the Agri-Fab 44-inch lawn sweeper. “I have two big pin oaks and a maple,” explained one buyer of this model. “The acorns are a pain to collect. But the sweeper grabs them up as well as the little spinners from the maple. It also handles long pine needles as well.”
Push models run around $100 to $200. One of the top-rated models on Amazon is the Earthwise, 21-inch lawn sweeper (shown here). “We have two honey locust trees out front,” said one buyer. “Come fall we have millions of tiny leaves. This sweeper has done an excellent job of picking them up, as well as our neighbor’s large leaves. Lightweight, holds enough, empties easily. Great!”