Bagging Leaves-A Safe Way to Rid Your Yard of Them

April 25, 2018

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So you have done the back breaking work of raking leaves into many piles or just one big pile. Now what do you do with them? You could burn them, but that could be dangerous to your lungs and the environment. There is also a possibility of a fire hazard if you burn them. Depending on where you live, you may have a leaf pick up day where trucks vacuum them up and take them a way for you. But a wind could come out of nowhere and blow them back into your yard or worse yet, your neighbor's yard. Today, I am going to show you that bagging leaves is the best and safest way to get rid of them.

Bagging Leaves
brown paper bag full of dried leaves

Bagging Leaves-The 4 Best Ways 

Today, I am going to go into the 4 best and easiest ways to bag leaves. I am sure that there are other ways to bag leaves like purchase or rent a huge pull behind system that bags leaves for you, but that means you need a riding lawn mower. I am just going to show you ways to bag leaves without using a riding lawn mower.

1. Bag Leaves by Hand

The cheapest way to bag leaves is to pick them up by hand and put them in the bag. Obviously, this may get a little hard on the back. Also, it is not the fastest way to bag them. But if you have a lot of people to help (like your kids), this may work out for you. Make sure you where a good pair of gloves when you are bagging leaves by hand. I know you yard may be clean, but you never know what is on the leaves. (Like animal urine!!!) A good mask is not a bad idea to where when you are bagging leaves by hand. You don't want to breathe in the particles that you raked up.

2. Bag Leaves by Scooping Them with a Rake or Shovel

This is another great and inexpensive way to bag your leaves. It works best when you have a larger bag opening. The best way to bag leaves by scooping them is to use a large garbage can with a big opening and a heavy duty plastic bag that fits on the inside of the garbage can. I like to use a large Rubbermaid garbage can on wheels like THIS ONE. That way you can just roll it to where you want it when you are done. What you do is set up the garbage can with the garbage bag inserted inside it next to the pile of leaves. Then, you turn your rake over and scoop the leaves into the garbage bag. The bigger the rake, the more leaves you can fit on it. You could also use a shovel to scoop them up into the garbage bag.

3. Bag Leaves with a Tarp

I see a lot of people using this method. Basically, you spread a tarp like THIS ONE on you yard. Then, you rake leaves onto the tarp. Then, you can either grab both sides of the tarp by yourself, or use a helper to grab the other side of the tarp. You then take the tarp and pour the leaves into the leaf bag. One drawback to this method is that depending on the size of your leaf bag, you may need to do this a bunch of times to fill the leaf bag. Like I said before, I see a lot of people using tarps when they are raking leaves. It is a great way to bag your leaves.

Here is a nice video showing how to bag leaves with a tarp.

4. Bag Leaves with a Bag Butler

If you live in an area where your city or town only accepts leaf drop off in paper recycle bags, (like my area) the easiest way to bag leaves in a paper, recycle bag is to use a Bag Butler or some other nifty tool. How it works is you fold the Bag Butler up and put it into the opening of the paper recycle bag and let go. It unfolds and opens up the bag. You lay the bag on its side and rake the leaves into the bag. When it is full, you take the Bag Butler off and close the bag. You continue doing these steps until the leaves are all bagged. It is my favorite way to bag leaves into paper recycle bags.

Here is a nice video on how to use the Bag Butler

Well, here are 4 great ways to bag leaves. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my article on bagging leaves.

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