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Tip for Bagging Leaves in Your Yard

By: Joe Truini
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  • Corinne Says:
    November 7th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    All good ideas, but rather than cutting up a lid why not just use clothespins or clips to hold the bag in place. That works for me.


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    Joe T. Says:
    November 6th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Hey Penn, Thanks for writing. I love your idea of using a rectangular trash can for raking in the leaves. I can see how that would work much better than a round can. Plus, it wouldn’t roll away on hilly lawns!–Joe T.



  • Penn Says:
    November 5th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Skinflint solution to avoid sacrificing a lidded can: Bungee cord, or two hooked together, to secure the bag. It worked for me when I was cleaning gutters and dumping heavy wet debris down one story into the can, so I think it would also work when stuffing a can with leaves.

    I use a rectangular can for cleanup of raked stuff like leaves, since it can be laid down and the leaves raked right into it. Then take them to the compost pile!


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    Joe T. Says:
    September 19th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Hey Carl, Great idea! I never would’ve thought to cut off the bottom of the trash can. I can see that your method would make it much easier to remove the bag of leaves. The one advantage of leaving the can intact, and cutting a hole in the lid, is that you can use the can for trash during the rest of the year. (I keep mine in the shop for collecting sawdust and short cut-offs.) Thanks for writing and good luck!–Joe T.



  • Carl Says:
    September 18th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I bought an extra trash can and cut the bottom out of it so when I fill the trash bag with leaves I can just tie the bag shut while it is in the can. Then lift the trash can over the bag rather than trying to pull the bag out of the can and fighting the suction crated when filling the bag. I have a lot of leaves to rake each year so the loss of the trash can was well worth the effort it saves me when filling and tying bags.


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