Ilona has gardened actively for most of her life and has been a writer and webmaster online since 1998. Homeschooled all 10 of her children.
Rake Leaves The Old Fashioned Way? Or Are You Ready For A Leaf Vacuum?
Is This You?
Do You Have More Leaves To Rake Than You Have Time To Spare?
Or do you find raking leaves more of a chore than you bargained for?
I love trees, and my property is a large one with grassy spaces and large trees- many of which I planted. I don't regret any of the beautiful trees that grow in my landscape.
However... I find the chore of removing all those leaves from the grass is more than I can handle.
When fall time comes -with the need to rake up the leaves so they don't blow, kill my grass, and make a soggy mess in my perennial beds - so comes the time to gather the leaves.
I am grateful that we purchased a leaf vacuum/mulcher to accomplish the job.
And I don't mean one of those itty bitty hand-held types. I think those are a waste of time and money. If I want something to blow around the leaves I can wait until the wind does it. A real vacuum/chipper is like a large man-sized mowing machine that vacuums up the leaves in swathes across the lawn, and can chip the branches that fall from the trees.
I will say there is one thing that I would do differently when it comes to owning a leaf vacuum. I'll tell what that is, next.
Buying a self-propelled machine is the one thing I would do differently.
The Best Self-Propelled Leaf Vacuum - This one is the best value in my own opinion
Vacuums up the leaves, shreds them, and chips small branches.
Shred/Mulch/Vac to chip wood, shred or vacuum debris made by the reliable brand of Troy-Bilt.
Yes, I love to rake leaves - But not acres of them
Troy-Bilt Brand Chipper Leaf Vac
Self Propelled ... Have I said that enough yet?
If I still had a postage stamp sized yard in the city, I suppose I would still be using a leaf rake to gather up my leaves by hand, but once there are two or more large trees on even a smaller property, leaf raking can be a job you want someone else in charge of, especially after a rainy week when the leaves are sodden and it is no longer a pleasant job that only takes an hour on a weekend.
Even a decent sized city yard can sometimes require more time and effort put into raking than you can spare. A leaf vacuum would still be on my list of "gotta have it" tools. Especially since the ones that mulch leaves and chip the woody branches produce a beautiful garden mulch that adds humus to your soil.
Consider this model:
Merry Mac Brand
Make Your Choice from These Features
- Enough horsepower
- Self -propelled
- Gas Powered
- Most consider hose attachment very important for under shrubs
- Large Diameter Wheels
Walk behind, Tow behind, Hand held
The Billy Goat Brand Makes The Case
Think About Your Landscape Needs
It seems like we either buy too much tool or not enough. Think about the size of your yard, and your need to to get the work done. Some people simply pay Landscape companies to do their chores.
Save Yourself The Time And Trouble With A Leaf Vac
Get The Billy Goat - Great Name For A Yard Litter Vacuum
I like the type of attachments that let you reach into the garden beds, and under shrubs. When gardens abut the house, it is useful to have an attachment that vacuums them out, just like having a similar extension attachment on an indoor home vacuum.
I know some people like to have leaf blowers, but I personally hate the loud sound and the fact that it is just one more gizmo to take up room in the garage. For a reasonable addition of cost the tool to have is a full size machine that can pick up and chip up all your lawn and garden debris, with ease of collection and emptying.
OK, maybe you only have a postage stamp yard... then you might like a yard vac with attachments like the small hand held one.
Craftsman Brand Review
Leaf Vacuum Reviews
Chippers, Shredders, Mulchers
- Chipper Shredder Maintenance Tips
tips for using your mulcher/chipper
- How to Buy the Best Walk Behind Chipper Shredder Vacuum
The chipper shredder vacuum, is leaf shredder, wood chipper and lawn sweeper all in one walk behind machine. Find out here if one might suit you
Rake In The Comments Here - Throw Yours On The Pile
anonymous on December 05, 2012:
Like you, I also love the leaves but not tooooooo many. Nice lens.
jenny-archer-9 on November 16, 2012:
Leaf sweeping on a windy day is the absolute endurance test