You love your outdoor space, but you could easily skip the fall and spring yard clean-ups with the amount of time and effort it takes. The raking, the dumping, the lawn debris. It just seems like so much—when you rather sit back and enjoy the crisp air…
And that’s why you need a sweeper!
First, How Does a Leaf Sweeper Work?
A leaf sweeper, also known as a lawn sweeper or a yard sweeper, expertly works through your yard picking up twigs, acorns, pine needles and cones, leaves, grass clippings, and thatch. Sweepers use high-speed brushes that spin when the wheel’s of the sweeper rotate. As the wheels move, the brushes comb through the yard, dislodging debris and tossing it backwards into the large hopper.
There are two main types of leaf sweepers:
- The push lawn sweeper is perfect for small lawns. The user must walk behind the sweeper and push it across the grass, so it is a manual job. However, if the job is on the smaller size it is easy to maneuver and cleans up your yard quickly.
- The tow-behind leaf sweeper hitches up to the back of your riding lawn mower. You can mow the lawn as well as pick up mulched grass clippings.
Why You Need a Pull-Behind Leaf Sweeper For Autumn
Fall is around the corner… Which means there is going to be a lot of work to do in your yard to prepare it for winter. A tow sweeper easily collects your leaves and other lawn debris so you can have a crisp-looking property without the manual labor of clean up.
Here are 12 good reasons to invest in a pull-behind sweeper before fall hits:
- It saves time: If you have a large property, it can take you a couple of weekends until it’s completely cleaned up in the fall and in the spring. You’ll clean up your lawn faster with a leaf sweeper, so you can enjoy watching college football or reading a book on your patio instead.
- It cleans up nearly everything: While the lawn sweeper can’t pick up large fallen branches, it can pick up plenty of other types of debris. Some examples include leaves, acorns, pine needles, pinecones, and twigs. Here’s an example of the Brinly Sweeper picking up thatch:
- It’s easy to use: For the most part, a pull-behind sweeper is easy to use since you hook it up right to your riding mower. Eventually, as you work your way around your property, you’ll need to empty the hopper. All you need to do is pull up to your burn pile or compost container, pull the rope, and the hopper releases the container into a heap. Then you’re set to go another round picking up more debris. As you continue to pull on the rope, the leaf sweeper’s hopper will empty entirely and swing back into place.
- You’ll need less handheld garden tools, such as rakes: You should still keep a rake or two around, but you won’t need as many rakes taking up real estate in your garden shed or garage.
- It protects you from sore muscles: There are no more long days, raking and carrying leaves to the burn pile. Instead, a pull-behind leaf sweeper does all of the raking for you. You’ll have no back or shoulder pain to deal with when all you need to do is ride around on your mower.
- It’s better than a leaf blower is: Leaf blowers can be a pain to use. They’re heavy, bulky and noisy. If there is wind blowing, it scatters your leaf piles and works against the leaf blower. Conversely, the leaf sweepers’ brushes gather up the leaves into a hopper so the wind can’t blow them around.
- It’s quieter: Who likes to be woken up by a neighbor obsessively using his leaf blower on a weekend morning? Matter of fact, many communities have bans on leaf blowers and other noisy equipment.You can get an early start on cleaning up leaves by hardly making a peep with your tow-behind leaf sweeper. It’s not completely noise-free of course, but a lot quieter than your average leaf blower.
- It’s more efficient: It’s simple to hook up a pull-behind leaf sweeper to your riding mower and work your way around your property. After you’re done, it’s easy to fold up and put back in your shed, minimizing the storage space needed.
PRO TIP: You can get two jobs done at once by using the Brinly Lawn Sweeper with Dethatcher. The dethatcher tines pull out thatch from your yard so it can breathe and receive water, oxygen, and sunlight. As the dethatcher tines pull up the thatch, it is brushed up into the sweeper hopper for quick one-pass clean-up.
- You can adjust the brush height to match your mower’s height: You can easily adjust the brush height so the sweeper can pick up yard debris. You should try to adjust the brushes to be even with your garden tractor.
- Use your mower at the same time for extra efficiency: If you don’t like to leave grass clippings on your newly mowed lawn, your lawn sweeper will brush up those clippings right after you cut them.
- It keeps your lawn healthy: A blanket of pine needles or a pile of leaves covering your lawn grass for a long time can kill it. Keep your yard healthy by thoroughly cleaning up pine needles and leaves, so they don’t smother your turf.
- It allows grass to continue photosynthesizing: Even after a frost, your yard grass continues to photosynthesize. When your lawn is clear from yard debris and thatch, it’ll be able to use the sun’s rays to convert chlorophyll into carbohydrates.
Where to Shop for Leaf Sweepers?
Now that you see how much easier owning this type of tow-behind equipment will make your fall clean up this year, the next questions is where to get one, right?! At Brinly-Hardy, we have two models to choose from:
You can find our lawn care and garden attachment at these favorite retailers. Happy sweeping!
FamilyHandyman.com, “Lawn Sweepers: Worth It or a Waste of Space?”
LawnSweeperReviews.com, “12 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Lawn Sweeper.”
Ibid., “What is a Lawn Sweeper?”