Spring is here and its time to get the yard in shape for the coming growing season. For many people this means getting out the rake and removing all the debris and leaves that were deposited during the long winter months. It frequently takes an entire weekend to just to remove all the deciduous leaves alone. Failure to do so can mean that your grass will not get a good start to the coming growing season. In many locations local ordinances prohibit you from burning your spring clean up debris due to clean air concerns. This frequent leaves you with the option to haul it to the curb for pickup or to use it for mulch.
As an alternative you can use a yard vacuum to clean up the yard in just an hour or two. Lawn vacuums are specialized yard equipment that is specifically designed to remove leaves, litter and small sticks or limbs from yards and lawns. Many larger riding lawn mowers can be converted to work as a yard vacuum. These conversions are more cost effective when compared to purchasing a dedicated lawn vacuum.
Yard vacuum systems come in several different forms. Probably the most common comes in the form of a trailer that is pull behind a lawn mower. A large fan is located on the trailer and it provides suction to the lawnmowers discharge chute through a tube connected to the trailer. The fan also provides the energy to blow the debris in as it enters the enclosed trailer. An advantage to this system is the fact that all the leaves and debris are cut and mulched during the vacuum process. All of which increases its value as a mulch for your garden and landscaping. Dedicated lawn vacuums are specialized lawn maintenance equipment. The most common units owned by a homeowner are walk behind models that have a suction pickup unit at the front of the unit. Leaves are deposited into a bin or disposable bag at the back of the machine making it easy to easy to dispose of or to use as mulch. Many units have portable chutes that can be used to clean debris from landscaping or gardens. One disadvantage to dedicated yard vacuums is that they are limited to picking up leaves and do not do a good job of cutting debris like sticks and branches.
If you have a large enough property then it may be worthwhile to purchase a riding leaf vacuum. However it would probably be cheaper to hire a professional to do the job each spring and fall. Another alterative available is to rent a yard vacuum from the local equipment rental. This really makes sense if you have limited storage space and only use the equipment a few days each spring and fall. In any case the use of a lawn or yard vacuum can save you lots of time considering that you can do several days of work in a many of hours.