Although brightly colored leaves add beauty to lawns during the fall, homeowners often find them annoying. Too many leaves falling in one area can kill a lawn, so homeowners must take up this time-consuming task. Vacuuming leaves is easier than raking them, but leaf vacuums are often expensive. However, you can make your own leaf vacuum out of your lawnmower or even build a vacuum if you have the skills without spending as much as you would on a commercial leaf vacuum.
Lawn vacuums pick up leaves and pine needles from the ground. If you have a lot of trees in your yard, a vacuum is a more efficient solution than raking the leaves, as you may have a lot of ground to cover. If you raked the leaves, you'd have to spend time and energy moving the leaves from underneath each tree, and if you have a large backyard, this could take hours.
Lawn Mower Model
You may be able to convert your existing lawn mower into a yard vacuum that works similarly to the vacuum cleaner you use inside your home. Attach a grass-catching bag to your lawnmower and set the lawnmower to the highest setting possible so that it will catch leaves instead of grass. Use your lawnmower as usual -- it will vacuum the leaves and put them in the grass-catching bag.
If you have some mechanical skills, it's possible to build a homemade yard vacuum that not only sucks up leaves, but shreds them. This type of machine saves you time, as you would have to dispose of the leaves somehow anyway. You may be able to make your own machine for a couple hundred dollars or less rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a commercially made leaf shredding machine.
If you build your own lawn vacuum, you have to install a square piece of metal under the blades. If you don't do this, rocks, sticks and other debris can get under the blades as you are vacuuming your lawn. This can destroy the blades altogether, and the expense of replacing blades adds up over time. The square piece of metal catches debris so that the blades stay intact.
How to Repair a Lawn Sweeper
Ever since you bought your lawn sweeper, your yard work has become MUCH easier. But, now, it needs repair, and you don’t...
How to Build a Lawn Leaf Vacuum
Yard work can be a time-consuming and futile task on large tracts of land, as the grass continues to grow and the...
How to Make a Homemade Pond Vacuum
Many people use fish ponds to house koi, goldfish and other aquatic life during the warm months of the year. In conjunction...
How to Turn Your Riding Mower Into a Leaf Vac
Riding mowers are useful for maintaining large areas of land. Mowers are designed to serve many different functions from grass cutting to...
Homemade Shop Vac Muffler
Shop vacs are a powerful type of vacuum cleaner used indoors for sucking up materials and water. These machines are typically noisy,...
Is There an Outdoor Vacuum for Pine Needles?
Instead of raking up the excess pine needles around your mountain cabin, an outdoor vacuum might simplify the task. Not just any...
Homemade Leaf Mulcher
Mulching is an earth-friendly alternative to bagging fallen leaves and dumping them in a landfill. Leaves contain 50 to 80 percent of...