You may have noticed that a few leaves have already started fluttering down and although the main fall is a few weeks away yet it pays to be ready to deal with them when they arrive.
So here we present ten of the top leaf collectors to keep the garden tidy through autumn and winter, from the simplest to the biggest.
This is a simple yet really effective machine which sweeps leaves into a collector via brushes which revolve as you walk along.
Its brushes can sweep up all manner of garden debris like small twigs, rubbish, pine cones and acorns as well as leaves.
It can also be used around pool edges, tennis courts and patios and is especially useful for sweeping out barns.
The working width is 26 in and the height can be adjusted depending on the type of surface on which you are working.
When the catcher is will it lifts between the handles for emptying straight on to the compost heap.
Delivery is free the next working day, there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty and it costs just £89.95.
A really excellent little machine is the Warrior EB260V Petrol Shredder-Vac & Leaf Blower which offers excellent value for money.
This easy to start machine will blow the leaves into a pile and then suck them up and shred them into a bag at the back of the machine. The shredded leaves can then be emptied and composted or used as a mulch around garden plants.
It is also handy at this time of year for blowing headge clippings into a pile for easier collection.
It is designed to be easy to start and give a high level of suction and shredding power – the Warrior engine gives 1.2 hp – and the fuel tank holds half a litre of fuel.
Shredding is achieved by tough metal blades sturdy enough to deal with small twigs and pine cones.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £165 but we have it for sale for just £119.95 and that includes free next working day delivery and a one year maker’s warranty.
The German company Einhell makes excellent garden machinery and the Einhell BG-PL 26/1 Petrol Garden Vacuum / Leaf Blower is currently on special offer and is excellent value for money.
This model enables you to switch from blowing to vacuuming and shredding at the flick of a switch, a really handy feature.
Debris collected is shredded down to one tenth of the original volume plus there is a 55 litre collection bag.
There is also a clever device which throws out really hard material before it comes into contact with the shredded blades saving the machine from potential damage.
When used as a blower it is very effective at moving leaves and debris into a convenient pile.
As a special offer there is a free wheel kit so you can pull the machine along when working on hard surfaces like drives and patios.
And there is also free oil and a free mixing bottle.
This machine is on special offer at the moment for £129.95, £70 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
Plus there is a two year maker’s guarantee and free next working day delivery.
Another from Einhell representing excellent value for money is the Einhell BG-PB33 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower.
A backpack leaf blower makes clearing larger areas of leaves easy and this one has a extended blowing tube for greater accuracy and faster clearance. It is also very useful for getting into those hard to reach places in the garden.
The engine has a full crank for a longer life and is easy to start.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £199.95, we had it for sale for £149.95 but it is now on special offer for £129.95.
There is a two year manufacturer’s warranty and free next working day delivery.
If you are lucky enough to own a large garden and a ride-on or lawn tractor then the MD Sweep 38 Tow-behind Lawn & Leaf Sweeper will save you hours of time.
This neat little machine is easily attached to any ride-on and has 10 un revolving brushes which sweep leaves and other garden debris into a 340 litre collector at the back as you drive along. Similarly it can be used on tennis courts and garden surrounds.
The sweeper has a feature which makes it simple to discharge the debris collected from the tractor seat and there is a simple height adjuster as well.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £339 but we have it on offer for only £169, and that’s about half price.
Delivery is free the next working day and there is a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Another manufacturer which makes excellent machinery is Tanaka and their THB-260PF Commercial-Grade Handheld Petrol Blower-Vac is a real high performance machine often the choice of professional gardeners.
It is powerful and robust with a 25 cc engine which is easy to start thanks to electronic ignition and a fuel primer; plus the engine has steel connecting rods and a chrome plated cylinder.
Tanaka have developed a high volume fan but there is also a free vacuum attachment that turns it into a shredder vac.
It is light weight and has an auxiliary handle so you can use both hands.
This machine costs £268, £100 the manufacturer’s recommended retail price. Plus the vacuum shredder kit which normally costs £69 is free.
There is a five year guarantee, two years for commercial use and delivery is free the next working day.
The Agri-Fab Smart-Sweep 44″ Towed Lawn & Leaf Sweeper is another is another machine to be used with ride-ons and lawn tractors to clear leaves from larger areas.
This has heavy duty brushes and high torque transmission for best results.
The height adjustment is infinitely variable to enable you to work on a huge variety of surfaces and it has a massive 710 litre collector and a working width of 44 in.
This can be emptied from the driver’s seat by using a simple lever and for storage it can be removed and it collapses to take up even less room.
You can save £110 on this machine as it costs just £329.
Plus it is delivered free the next working day and has a two year manufacturer’s warranty.
Now one which is mounted on wheels and gives excellent performance.
The Al-Ko 75BA Hurricane Wheeled Vacuum has terrific suction thanks to a four-stroke engine which is easy to start and made to last with air turbine housing a vacuum nozzle made from powder coated steel.
It has a 200 litre collection bag and four working heights. The working width is 75 cm. And there is a hose kit so you can clear out the nooks and crannies which tend to get clogged with dead leaves.
The manufacturer’s recommended price is £399 but we have it for sale for £375. Plus there is free next working day delivery and a two year maker’s warranty.
The Billy Goat LB351 ‘Little Billy’ Lawn Vacuum is from the top American manufacturer with a reputation for making excellent garden vacs.
It can clear garden debris and leaves anywhere from lawns and paths to barns and tennis courts.
Its ingenious design means you can even collect debris from gravel paths without disturbing the gravel. Plus there is a hose to collect debris from flower beds and difficult to reach nooks and crannies.
It has large wheels to make it easy to use and a large 105 litre collection bag. There is a 12 month domestic guarantee, six months for commercial use. It costs £529, against the manufacturer’s recommended price of £660.
The special hose kit is £129, over £30 off the recommended price and replacement bags can also be purchased.
Delivery is free the next working day.
And there is also a special offer on the Billy Goat modeldesigned with big estates in mind.
The Billy Goat KV600SP Estate Series Lawn Vacuum with Rear-Wheel Drive and On-Board Hose Kit is a rear wheel drive machine designed to go anywhere and clear more or less anything from hard surfaces to flower beds.
The drive to the rear wheels is designed to tackle slippery difficult areas and as the bag fills there is more weight to the rear wheels which gives more traction.
It has a five bladed steel impellor for better suction and can compact debris better.
The engine is 6hp and from Briggs & Stratton, the width is 27 in and the collection bag takes 282 litres. The working height is very easily adjusted so you can set the machine to work on more or less any surface.
Our price is £1328, over £330 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
There is a 12 month domestic use guarantee, six months for commercial use.
There are also special prices on replacement bags a castor kit for use on hard surfaces and a nozzle plate to protect against wear on hard surfaces.
Although the sun is still shining in many places autumn is getting ever closer and the leaves will soon start falling and it pays to be prepared for when they do start fluttering down.
We have a huge selection of equipment to help keep on top of the autumn clear-up so browse our site to see the huge variety out there to help.