Are Yard Sweepers Worth It?

Posted on 13th December 2010 in Lawn Care

Skeptics may argue that prices for yard sweepers do not justify the work that they were built for.  In reality, yard sweepers are quite useful for what they were made for, which is sweeping one’s yard of debris such as grass clippings and leaves.  However, it is important to note that they cannot completely clear one’s garden of litter, but can still significantly cut the time a homeowner spends on yard work.
A yard or lawn sweeper works best at cleaning big swaths of debris, picking leaves, and doing touch up jobs after general yard cleanings.  They also make the job of transporting leaves to trash bins easier, since most come with a built in waste container.  On the other hand, yard sweepers are not particularly dependable when it comes to picking leaves that are found in hard to reach areas such a fence or house line. In cases like these, one needs to go back to using the time honored rakes or resort to picking up the loose leaves manually.
It is ideal to use yard sweepers to pick up leaves after they have just fallen, which is the time when leaves are the easiest to pick and dispose of.  When leaves are left to sit on the ground for a considerable amount of time, they will start to break into little pieces.   It will take several passes for most yard sweepers to pick up leaves at this state since these tools are not designed to efficiently collect tiny debris.
Consider getting a yard sweeper if you are living in an area that has a long fall season.  These tools are also at their most effective when used in lawns that are flat and even.  It would be impractical to get one if you just rake your lawn for  only a few days out of the year.

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