A lawn sweeper utilizes brushes on an axle that turn as you go to collect grass clippings, leaves, and small debris into a hopper for easy disposal. They come in different styles to meet different needs.
For those with a large yard who use a riding mower, you can attach a tow-behind lawn sweeper behind your mower and collect excess grass clippings as you mow.
Tow-behind lawn sweeper widths range from 21 - 120 inches. The width determines how quickly you can collect debris and grass clippings.
While 21 inch sweepers are suitable for smaller properties, 100+ inch sweepers help by reducing the number of passes on larger properties.
2. Choosing a Hopper
Hoppers come in different sizes, holding different amounts of grass clippings. If you have a smaller yard, a 12 cubic-foot hopper may be fine.
However, if you have several acres and don't wish to stop as frequently at the compost pile, a 26 cubic-foot hopper or multiple hopper yard sweeper may suite you better.
3. Choosing a Hitch
Lastly, you must choose a hitch. The hitch height depends on what you're using to tow the sweeper.
A zero turn mower has a lower hitch than a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). For more versatility, there are sweepers with multi-hitch height. This provides you the option of using it on zero turn mowers or UTVs.