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How to Easily Collect Your Grass Clippings

By Jose Castellanos  |  Lawn Mower Expert
Mowing is a regular part of homeowners' woes, but it doesn't stop there. Once you've finished, you have a blanket of grass clippings to deal with.

Cleaning these clippings up right away is an important part of caring for your lawn. Leaving them there blocks sunlight for the live grass.

So how can you collect grass clippings with more speed and efficiency? Easy, with a lawn sweeper!

Push Lawn Sweepers

If you use a walk-behind mower, your best bet is a push lawn sweeper. It's light and maneuverable, and it makes picking up grass trimmings much easier than using a broom.

Plus, since they're neatly collected in a hopper, you can add them to your compost pile or garbage can when you're done.

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Tow-Behind Lawn Sweepers

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.

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Selecting A Sweeper in Three Easy Steps

1. Choosing a Width

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.

While you can rake grass trimmings into a pile or clean them with a broom, using a tow-behind grass sweeper reduces your trips to the compost pile.

Saving grass clippings in a compost pile makes a good fertilizer for garden soil later.


Keep your yard sweeper out through the fall, and you're all set for easy leaf collection. Not only will your lawn look great, but your back will thank you for lightening its load.