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Black and Decker LSW36 Cordless Sweeper Review

Black and Decker LSW36 Sweeper

The Black and Decker LSW36 is a small but powerful cordless sweeper. It is easy to use and very quiet, it’s rated at 66 dBA. Thanks to the powerful 36V lithium-ion battery, it can be used for more than 30 minutes before it starts to lose power.

For being a cordless sweeper, the Black and Decker LSW36 is powerful but it is best for hard surface such as patios and walkways. It can be used on lawns but the grass has to be short. If you want to keep your lawn clean, a gas-powered or corded blower is a much more efficient solution.

The Black and Decker LSW36 is very portable, weighing just 4.7 lbs. Don’t get shocked by the small size of the packet. It contains everything, LSW36 sweeper, LBX36 36-volt lithium-ion battery, LCS36 36-volt fast charger, blow tube and operating instructions. The charger recharges the battery in about an hour.

The Black and Decker LSW36 has several useful features. The blow tube has a built-in scraper, allowing you to loosen matted leaves and stuck-on debris. It has speed control so that you can choose between maximizing run-time (by using low speed) or maximum power. It has a comfortable soft grip handle and is well balanced.

The main drawback with the LSW36 is the price, it is fairly expensive for being a sweeper. As mentioned earlier, it is meant for hard surfaces, not for lawns. If you have a lawn, you may want to buy a blower, which can also be used to keep the hard surfaces clean. Of course, the LSW36 is quieter and more environmentally friendly than gas powered blowers but gas powered blowers are much more powerful. Corded blowers gives you more bang for the bucks, they are more powerful without being more expensive, but you are of course limited by the cord. The cordless LSW36 on the other hand is very easy to use, you don’t need to worry about gas or a cord.

The Black and Decker LSW36 comes with a 3 year home use warranty.

The customers have given the Black and Decker LSW36 sweeper an average rating of 4.2 out of 5. Most of the buyers said that they had got good value for their money. The blower was said to be lightweight, compact and relatively quiet. You can read Black and Decker LSW36 customer reviews here.


  • Lightweight
  • Quiet


  • Not powerful enough for lawns

For more information about the Black and Decker LSW36, check out the user manual

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Information from the manufacturer
The Black & Decker LSW36 36V Lithium Ion Sweeper has an efficient design that easily clears debris from hard surfaces like patios, decks, walkways, driveways and garages. Its soft grip handle provides added comfort during use. Its blow tube with built-in scraper allows users to loosen matted leaves and stuck-on debris. Powerful 36-volt lithium ion rechargeable battery delivers the power with long run-time to complete the toughest jobs

Black & Decker NSW18 Cordless Sweeper Review

Black and Decker NSW18 Sweeper

Note that the Black & Decker NSW18 has been replaced by the Black and Decker LSW20 20-Volt Cordless Sweeper. Here you can learn more about the Black and Decker LSW20 Sweeper.

The Black & Decker NSW18 sweeper is a very interesting blower. It is cordless, so you are not limited by a cord. Despite having a 18V NiCad battery, it is lightweight, only 4.8 pounds. It gets even better, the price is also very attractive.

Note that the Black & Decker NSW18 is best for clearing debris from hard surfaces like patios, decks, walkways, driveways and garages. You can use to clean the lawn if the grass is short but for lawns you really need a more powerful model, a corded blower is the best solution. The Toro 51609 is a 3-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher, which is powerful enough for cleaning lawns. It has a very attractive price, you can learn more about the Toro 51609 blower/vacuum here.

The battery will last for about 15 minutes, after that the performance starts to suffer. Unfortunately, it takes several hours to charge the NiCad battery but that is seldom a big problem. If you need to use it for longer periods of time, you can buy a second battery.

For a blower, the Black & Decker NSW18 is relatively quiet, less than 65 dB. It comes with a limited 2 year warranty. The box is very small but don’t panic, it contains everything despite the small size.

All in all, the Black & Decker NSW18 sweeper is a good solution for cleaning hard surfaces, such as patios and driveways, you are not limited by a cord. But it is not very powerful, for heavier cleaning tasks you need a corded blower or a gas powered blower.

The customers have given the Black & Decker NSW18 Cordless Sweeper an average rating of 4.2 out of 5. In other words, most of the buyers are happy with their NSW18 blower. Not everyone was happy with the relatively low power but most of the customers had not expected more from a battery powered blower. Here you can read Black & Decker NSW18 customer reviews.


  • Cordless
  • Lightweight
  • Good value for the money


  • Less powerful than corded models

The following is included in the Bland and Decker NSW18 Sweeper Kit:

  • NSW18 Cordless Sweeper
  • 18V NiCad Battery
  • 18V NiCad Charger
  • Snap-in Tube

For more detailed information about the Black & Decker NSW18, please read the NSW18 cordless sweeper manual

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Information From The Manufacturer

The Black & Decker NSW18 18-Volt NiCad Cordless Sweeper is ideal for clearing driveways, sidewalks, decks, garages and other hard surfaces of leaves, grass clippings, and other lawn debris. It has a rechargeable 18V battery for easy use without extension cords and is lightweight at just 4.8 pounds for quick and easy clearing of debris. Its low noise design allows for quiet operation and it has a built-in scraper that allows users to loosen matted leaves and stuck-on debris. The soft grip handle provides added comfort during use. Efficient design easily clears debris from hard surfaces like patios, decks, walkways, driveways and garages.

Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Blower Review

Toro 51585 Power Sweep

If you are looking for a good and cheap electric blower, then the Toro 51585 is the best blower for you. But bear in mind that it is not suitable for heavy debris. If you need a very powerful blower, then the Toro 51585 is not the right blower.

The Toro 51585 Power Sweep blower offers amazing value for the money. It features a 2-speed air control for greater versatility. At only 4.6 pounds, it is very easy to use. It is a very compact blower but despite the small size it is powerful. Blowers are noisy but the Toro 51585 is relatively quiet.

To summarize, the Toro 51585 blower offers excellent value for the money. It is a cheap, lightweight blower suitable for keeping patios, driveways and garages clean. It works on short grass as well but will struggle with longer grass. If you need a powerful blower for wet leaves and twigs on lawns with high grass, you may prefer the Toro 51609 blower/vacuum instead. Here you can learn more about the Toro 51609 blower. It is nothing wrong with the Toro 51585 but is not meant for heavy duty.

The Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Blower comes with a 2 year warranty. Like all electric blower, it is limited by the cord, you are not supposed to use an extension cord longer than 150 feet. Note that no extension cord is included.

The customers have given the Toro 51585 blower an average rating of 4.6 out of 5. In other words, most customers are very happy with their Toro 51585. Virtually everyone thought that they had got very good value for their money. According to the users, the 51585 Power Sweep is lightweight, relatively quiet and easy to operate. You can read Toro 51585 Power Sweep customer reviews here.


  • Lightweight
  • Excellent value for the money


  • Not powerful enough for heavy debris

Toro 51585 Power Sweep Electric Blower Specifications

Air Speed (mph) 160
Volume of Air (CFM) 155
Speed Settings 2
Impeller Material Plastic
Weight 4.6 Lbs.

Extension Cord Length Minimum Wire Gage (A.W.G.)
50 ft 16
100 ft 14
150 ft 12

Do not use multiple extension cords or an extension cord over 150 feet.

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Information From The Vendor
7.0A motor generates a powerful air speed of 160 mph with a minimum speed of 130 mph. Air volume at 155 cfm. 2 speed air control is perfect for clearing leaves and debris from sidewalks, decks, and driveways. Lightweight and easy to use. Unit weight: 4.6 lb. 2 year warranty. Generates powerful air speed of 160 mph

Toro 51609 Ultra Electric Blower/Vacuum Review

Toro 51609 Vacuum Blower

The Toro 51609 Ultra has been the bestselling blower/vacuum for quite some time. It is versatile, you get three tools in one, blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder. Quite clearly, you also get excellent value for the money.

The Toro 51609 blower/vacuum is lightweight and relatively quiet but powerful. Thanks to the quick-release latch you can convert the blower into a vacuum in seconds without tools and vice versa. The mulching function is automatically activated in vacuum mode.

The Toro 51609 is a quality electric blower/vacuum, without any significant shortcomings. It is an improved the popular Toro 51599 blower/vacuum. No wonder that it is a bestseller.

The 51609 Ultra comes with a 2 year warranty. It comes with all the accessories you need to get started. According to the manufacturer, you should not use an extension cord longer than 150 feet. Obviously, only use an extension cord recommended for outdoor use. The mulch ratio is 16:1, meaning it will mulch 16 bags of dry leaves down to one bag.

The customers have given the Toro 51609 Ultra an average rating of 4.4 out of 5. Virtually everyone thought that they had got very good value for their money. Most people said that the Toro 51609 was powerful, reasonably quiet and relatively lightweight. A few customers were unhappy with the power of the Toro 51609. Remember that it is an electric blower/vacuum, they are not as powerful as gas-powered. You can read Toro 51609 customer reviews here.


  • Very powerful vacuum
  • Adjustable speed
  • Excellent value for the money


  • Extension cord necessary

Toro 51609 Blower/Vacuum Specifications

Blower Vac Type Corded Electric
Motor Amps 12
Noise rating (dB) 67
CFM 330 (blow mode) / 390 (11 cu. m. per minute) (vacuum mode)
Leaf Shredding Reduction 16:1
Nozzle Velocity Max. Up to 235 mph (378 kph)
Weight 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg)

The following is included in the Toro 51609 box
– Toro 51609 Blower/Vac Power Unit
– Blower Tubes
– Vac Tubes
– Vac Bag (bag model No. 51601)
– Cord Storage Hook
– Operators Manual

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Information From The Vendor
3 machines in 1: Powerful blower, high speed vacuum, and leaf shredder. Wit a powerful 235 mph maximum air speed with a minimum of 112 mph. Air volume in the blow mode is 255 cfm and 390 cfm in the vac mode. 12A motor has a variable speed control for better control in both blower and vac modes. Features magnesium impeller with serrated blades for superior mulching performance, reduces at a 16:1 ratio. Quick release latch for easy, no tools conversion. Features a unique fan design that reduces clogging and improves the vacuum´s flow rate resulting in better performance. Includes collection bag and vacuum tube. Unit weight: 7.5 lb. 2 year warranty. Uses replacement collection bag model No. 51601Toro Ultra 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder makes completing yard work fun and easy

How to keep your lawn clean

Needless to say, a good looking lawn has to be clean. If you have a very small lawn, it is easy to keep it clean. But even a small lawn can require a fair bit of effort if you have plenty of trees. Especially in autumn, twigs and leaves have a habit of turning your lawn into a mess. The old solution has been to use a rake. It still works but takes time and effort. Fortunately, you have a couple of tools that can help you clean your lawn.

The lawn sweeper is a simple device that has brushes which pick up leaves and debris from the lawn. The lawn sweeper has no engine, the brushes are powered by the wheels. When the lawn sweeper is moving, the brushes are automatically turning. There are two main types of lawn sweepers, push lawn sweepers and tow lawn sweepers. The push lawn sweeper is similar to an old-fashioned push reel mower, you push it across the lawn and it picks up whatever comes in its way. The tow lawn sweeper is larger and is attached to a lawn tractor. All lawn sweepers have a bag, often called catcher, into which the leaves and debris are put.

Lawn sweepers work very well, as long as you have adjusted the height of the brushes. Also, lawn sweepers need an even lawn otherwise they will have trouble picking up leaves and debris. Despite being simple devices, not all lawn sweepers are created equal. Good models are sturdy and have a high-quality catcher. One common problem with many of the cheaper models is the bag which often gets damaged.

A garden blower or leaf vacuum is another way of keeping your lawn clean. Often you only need one device, a combined blower and vacuum. Some models even include a mulch function. For home owners, a handheld blower/vacuum is generally good enough. You have three different types of blowers/vacuums, gas-powered, electric and cordless models. The gas-powered models are the most powerful but also the nosiest. In some places, they are banned due to the noise pollution. Electric blowers/vacuums are less powerful but also quieter. If you have a small lawn a corded model is a good solution but you are restricted by the length of your power cord. Thanks to improved batteries, you can get a reasonably powerful cordless unit which, of course, are not restricted by a cord.

Combined blowers and vacuums are very popular, they are easy to use and are relatively cheap. Apart from being noisy, they don’t have many significant shortcomings. Of course, they are not very efficient if it is windy. If you have a large lawn, you may prefer a lightweight model. Note that combined blowers/vacuums are generally less powerful than a dedicated blower or vacuum.

It is still a good idea to have a rake. You will probably have some difficult spots which can’t be cleaned by a lawn sweeper or blower/vacuum.

Basic Garden Tools

Gardening is great fun but you need a fair bit of tools. Nowadays you have a wide variety of garden tools, from the good old manual tools to very expensive sophisticated equipment. For most garden tasks, cheap basic tools will be good enough. But some power tools can save you a lot of time and effort, making tedious back-breaking tasks easy tasks that are quickly done.

A shovel or spade is needed for digging. The difference between a shovel and a spade is the shape of the digging edges. Shovels have rounded edges while spades have square edges. Shovels are very good at penetrating the soil whereas spades are better for lifting, moving and throwing soils and materials. Forged shovels and spades are the best, they are made of one single piece of metal. If you have compost or stodgy soil, a garden fork is much better than a spade.

For weeding and smaller digging tasks, a trowel is the best tool. You will most likely be using trowels a lot so it is well worth investing in a high quality trowel. Stainless steel trowels are the best. Another basic tool that is very often used is the rake, despite being so simple it is a very versatile tool.

You also need some cutting tools. A hand pruner or a secateur is the best tool for pruning. Good hand pruners are lightweight but strong and have replaceable blades. A telescopic pruner allows you to prune trees without having to use a ladder.

Hand pruners can be too small for some tasks, you can use a lopper instead. If you have a hedge, you need hedge shears to keep it under control. For big branches, you should use a pruning saw, don’t use a carpenter’s saw for pruning.

A watering can be used for both watering and applying liquid fertilisers. Using a garden hose is quicker and more comfortable than using a watering can. Multi-layered hoses are expensive but in most cases they are worth paying extra for. If you need to do a lot of watering, then sprinklers can be worth having a closer look at. The easiest solution is a hose-end sprinkler. It screws into the garden hose and you move it around until everything has got enough with water.

Many of the manual tools can be replaced with electric or gas-powered power tools. They are more expensive but can save you a lot of time and are much more comfortable to use. The gas-powered tools are typically effective but noisy. Generally, they are heavier than electric tools. Corded electric tools are relatively powerful and quiet. But you are limited by the cord. Cordless, battery-powered, tools have become very popular. They are the least powerful but battery technology is improving all the time.

Cointainer Gardening Overview

Container gardening is an easy way of getting a small garden even if you don’t have garden. But even if you have a garden, container gardening is a useful option. Container gardening is a very easy way of getting started growing plants. One of the main advantages is that you can easily move plants around. It is also a cheap way of getting good soil for demanding plants.

The ability to move plants easily makes it possible to quickly replace flowers that finished blooming with new colorful flowers. Containers are also a good solution for plants that you don’t want to let loose in your garden. By putting them in a container, you efficiently limit their possibilities to spread to the rest of the garden.

Containers also extend the season. The soil in containers is warmer than the garden soil, meaning that you can start planting earlier. Of course, you can have the container indoors first and move it outside once the weather has become warm. The same can be done in autumn, if frost is coming, you can simply move the containers.

Most people only grow single-season flowers and plants in their containers. It is easy, you plant the seeds in the spring and throw the plants away in the autumn. Next year the same procedure is repeated. But it is not necessary to limit oneself to just annuals, plants that last more than one season can also be planted in containers. You can also take a plant out of the container and plant it in your garden later on.

Container gardening is in many ways easier than traditional gardening. You don’t need to use any heavy garden tools and no weeding is necessary. So container gardening is more comfortable but sometimes the plants need more ongoing maintenance. You must make sure that they get the right amount of water and that the soil is right for the plants.

Containers give you the possibility to give different plants the soil they need. You can have plants that require complete different conditions next to each other, just in different containers. You can create a variety that is not possible to achieve with your garden soil.

Containers also decrease the risk of diseases, if you are unlucky, you can move the affected plants away from the healthy plants.

Getting watering right can be tricky in some cases. If you let the plants dry, they will really dry out. But too much water will also create problems. The roots can die due to lack of oxygen or start to rot. Needless to say, every plant has its own water requirement and you need be aware of how much water your plants need. You may also need to apply fertilizers to your containers.

Grow A Lawn From Scratch

Growing a lawn from scratch is not easy but it gives you the chance to get a perfect lawn suitable for your local conditions. Finding the right grass can be a harder task than expected, you have a lot of different possibilities. Lawn grass comes in various blends, mixtures and varieties.

Check the labels carefully for the words blends, mixtures and straights. Straights contain only one single variety of grass. Blend means that the bag contains several varieties of the same grass type. Mixtures contain different types of grass, sometimes one good grass type is mixed together with inferior types.

Obviously, just finding the right grass is not enough to get a great looking lawn. It is a good idea to check the quality of your soil before you plant your new lawn. It may be necessary to add six to eight inches of fertile soil. Since grass roots seldom go deeper than six inches, it is not necessary to add more soil. It is also a good time to get rid of any dips in the garden, a good looking lawn should be even. It also prevents problems with water ending up in the lowest part of the lawn.

Lawn grass is divided into two main groups, cool season grass and warm season grass. As you have already guessed, cool season grass is meant for cool climates while warm season grass is meant for mild climates. Warm season grass have trouble surviving cold winters while cool season grass go dormant if it gets too hot.

Most grass types can be grown from seeds, with the exception of a few warm season grass types are generally sold only as sods or plugs. Using seeds is cheaper than sods but it takes longer time and requires more work to grow a lawn. Regardless if you grow your lawn from seeds or sods you need to select a grass type that suits your local conditions. This is unlikely to be a problem if you go a garden center in your neighborhood, they probably only sell grass types that are suitable for your location. If you use mail-order, you need to do some research on your own you before you buy.

Cool season grass from seeds should typically be sowed in early fall. This gives the grass a lot of time to settle in before the summer heat arrives. It is possible to sow cool season grass in the spring as well, but the grass will not have much time to settle in before the heat arrives and once it gets hot, cool season grass grows very slowly.

Warm season grasses should generally be planted in the late spring. They like it hot but need to get started before the real heat sets in. When it gets cold, they don’t grow much at all.

Trees For Your Garden

In most cases, some trees in your garden will make a good impression. Fruit trees have the added benefit of producing healthy fruits as well. Since trees will be around for a long time, make sure to get the right trees for your garden and that you plant them in the right place. Trees also means more maintenance so be prepared to put in some extra hours to keep everything in order.

Bushes and small trees are relatively easy to move, big trees are not. So it is best to put them in the right place from the beginning. Remember that most trees grow a lot over time so make sure that they have enough space to grow into.

Trees are divided into two main groups, evergreens and deciduous. Like the name implies, evergreens are green all year round. They never lose their leaves or needles. Deciduous trees on the other hand shed their leaves or needles in the autumn. Most needle trees are evergreens, but you have a few exceptions, such as larch trees. Deciduous trees tend to grow faster than evergreens. It does not really matter if you plant evergreens or deciduous, just make sure that they are suitable for your climate.

You should not select trees only on how beautiful they look. As mentioned, it is important that they are suitable for your climate but make sure that they are resilient against pests and diseases as well.

You can plant trees in spring or autumn, just make sure that the tree has time to settle in before freezing temperatures move in. Before planting a tree, make sure that there are no electric cables, gas or sewer lines at the spot you have selected. Septic fields need to be avoided as well. Also make sure that no utility lines are above the tree. Note that trees with shallow roots may damage sidewalks.

Most deciduous trees are best pruned when dormant, in late autumn or winter. Exceptions are maple, horse chestnut, birch, walnut and cherry trees which should be pruned in mid-summer. Conifers require little or no regular pruning.

Newly planted trees need to be watered but make sure not to overdo it, too much water is not good. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Young trees need plenty of water so that they can grow. Older trees generally survive without watering, unless you live in a dry place. Fertilizing is seldom necessary for trees, except for newly planted trees. If the soil is of poor quality, fertilizing may be necessary. But don’t overdo it, too much fertilizer will have the opposite effect, decreasing the health of the plant.