I have been mowing my lawn with a reel lawnmower for two years now and I absolutely love it. I can mow the lawn without going deaf, using any gas or worrying about a random projectile shooting across the yard and hitting one of the kids.
Depending on where you live, fall is just peaking or you are now spending hours in your yard raking leaves instead of mowing the lawn. For years, there have been three popular methods for raking leaves: the leaf blower, the rake and the lawnmower.
I truly dislike raking leaves. It drives me crazy to spend a lot of time raking and collecting them just to turn around and see a fresh layer of leaves on the ground. I like doing something, getting it done and then moving on.
I have been looking for something in between a rake and my push reel mower and I think that I may have found my next present to myself. It is called a rolling leaf sweeper. I just hope that it actually works. I have not seen it in any stores or have seen it in action, but from the comments on various web pages I think that it could work out.
I will try to get my hands on one this fall and review it soon. In the meantime, have any of you used one of these or have you seen one in action? I have seen some that hook up to the back of a riding lawnmower, but that defeats the purpose of trying to do things without using any gasoline.