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Lawn Sweeping: 4 basic tips to prepare the lawn for sweeping

Lawn sweeping & basic tips for using a lawn sweeper: Lawn sweeping keeps our lawn yard clean and safe from garden debris, fallen leaves, twigs, gravel, worm casts, acorns, grass clippings, etc. If your lawn is full of thatch and dirt and When you have been weeding and anything over your lawn,  then you need to clean the lawn. This work is called lawn sweeping and it is done using a broom or a sweeping machine ie. sweeping tractor. Although a broom is a piece of lower technology equipment for sweeping the lawn, different types of sweeping brooms are available in the market. 

Lawn Sweeping Regularly

Lawn sweeping is an important job to ensure greater success before aerating, top dressing, seeding, and application of fertilization. For this reason, the lawn sweeping should be done regularly for keeping your lawn looking good throughout the summer. When you own a lawn sweeper, you will understand how easy it is to clean the debris off of your lawn. So the lawn sweeping should be a part of your yearly lawn maintenance.

A. Basic tips to prepare the lawn for sweeping

While you want to sweep your lawn some basic tips you should keep in mind for better sweeping. Some basic tips are given below;

1. Make sure your lawn dry first

Make sure that your lawn is dry rather than wet. Because the brushes of your sweeping machine are more suitable to get a better grip on dry conditions than when it is wet.

2. Mulch your lawn before sweeping

Mulching means chopping the debris of the lawn ensures your lawn sweeper brushes work effectively. And also prevents the lawn sweeper brushes from getting clogged up.

3. Mow your lawn for better sweeping

The brushes of the sweeper can work easily when your lawn is mowed. Mowed land helps the brushes to pick up the actual debris, instead of fighting the long grass to reach it. If your lawn is not covered more with debris, simply run the mower over the affected areas, then go over the mulched area. If the lawn grows vigorously, then cut it twice a week and try to mow at the correct angle to the previous cut.

4. Remove large sticks or vines

Removing the large sticks or vines ensures to keep your brushes from being damaged.

B. Basic tips before start sweeping the lawn

1. Get your lawn sweeping tool assembled from the store

A lot of times, many complain that their new lawn sweeper is not able to pick up the debris properly. It happens because of the incorrect assembly of the lawn sweeper. When you are first assembling the lawn sweeper, it could make trouble for you. To avoid this trouble you have to contact a local hardware retail store.

2. Read the manual for the tool you use

Different models of lawn sweepers vary in terms of different features and functions with more or less complexity of assembly. So you should read the given manual carefully to know how the lawn sweeper works properly.

C. 4 basic tips for using a lawn sweeper

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1. Set the brush height correctly

Setting the brush height correctly, adjusting with the height of grass of your lawn improves the amount the debris picked up. In general, the brushes should sit ½ inch below the tip of grass.

2. Find out the best speed to drive the sweeping tractor

It may take time for you to find out the better speed to get better performance of the lawn sweeper. So experiment with the speed with few tries.

3. Try to  drive straight

If it is a tow-behind lawn sweeper, try to drive it in long straight ways as much as possible and try not to make violent turns. If it is a push sweeper, then push it in a straight line. it ensures you get more performance. 

4. Empty the hopper of the lawn sweeper regularly

Don’t let the lawn sweeper hopper fill up with too much debris. If the hopper is filled up to the brim, this will weigh the hopper down and could result in bottom forcing along the base.

D. Types of lawn sweepers 

One has to buy a lawn sweeper from a shop according to the lawn size and cleaning needs like acorns, leaves, twigs, gravel, worm casts, etc.

1. Tow behind lawn sweepers

It is pulled by a lawn tractor or a riding mower. Tow behind sweepers has different designs that have the capacity to hold large amounts of debris. These types of sweepers are the most suitable of all styles. Many models of tow behind lawn sweepers are available in the market. Some top lawn sweepers are given below.

  • Ohio Steel 50SWP26 Pro Sweeper, 50"/26 cu. Ft. (suitable for acorns sweeping).
  • Agri-Fab 44-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper. (best overall)
  • Sun Joe AJ801E 12 Amp Electric Scarifier. (Suitable for leaves)
  • Brinly STS-427LXH 20 Cubic Feet. (Suitable for leaves)
  • Agri fab Lawn sweeper. (Suitable for leaves and yard debris from flying upon you)
  • Agri-Fab 45-0320 42-Inch Tow Lawn Sweeper, Black (suitable for dead grass, leaves, gumballs, and sticks.)

Read the article: Top 10 best lawn sweepers (Reviews & Buyer's Guide)

2. Push lawn sweepers

Sweeping is done by these types of lawn sweepers manually. Push lawn sweepers are best for sweeping the debris of small properties. Push type sweepers have less capacity to hold debris than a tow behind lawn sweepers. This type of lawn sweeper takes more time to complete the work than the others. But it is suitable for those who want to enjoy the work as a great physical exercise. Some top push models are given below.

  1. Earthwise, 21-in. lawn sweeper
  2. Scotts Outdoor Power Tools 415-16S 16-Inch 
  3. Greenworks 14-Inch 10 Amp Corded Dethatcher 27022
  4. Agri-Fab 45-0218 26-Inch Push Lawn Sweeper, 26 Inches

3. Power lawn sweeper

A power lawn sweeper is used for large properties. These types of lawn sweepers are available both in push style models and tow-behind models. It may be of gas or electric powered. 

Final words

At last, it is important to know that when you are going to buy a lawn sweeper from the market, you should know about the sweeper from searching the internet. Because a lot of time people get in trouble for going to buy a lawn sweeper without any idea on lawn sweeping tools.

Agriculturist Musa

Agriculturistmusa is a graduate student in agriculture. He is doing research on home improvement, indoor, and outdoor gardening! He loves to decorate the home, garden, and lawn care. Based on his experience about home, improvement, gardening, and lawn; he is sharing his thought and opinion, tips, and tools so that a beginner can get started right away. Find him on Twitter here. Happy reading!

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