After you're done laughing at this...
I rake up leaves and have wished I had one big huge bag. I tried
gluing, stapling and taping a poly sheet at the edges, but it never
held. Any ideas?
(PS - I really with we could just burn the damn things like we used
I use a Toro leaf muncher and empty the bag into a poly 'can liner'
from Sam's Club. They are about 55 gallon size and way cheap, IIRC
around $9 for for a lifetime supply (several hundred). We get 20 or so
into the pickup bed and deliver them to a friend in the country for
garden compost. The pay off is an endless supply of zuchini, potatoes,
tomatos, sweet corn, etc. etc. Life is good in the Midwest...
Those leaves must be valuable. I just pile them into the bed of my pickup
truck and drive them to the county disposal area, about 30 miles away. By
the time I get there, there are almost none left. I think someone steals
them out of the truck while I'm en route, but I've never been able to catch
anyone at it . . .
I am SO glad I have a back corner with a treeline, where I can pile
leaves up, rather than screw with bags and hauling. Snow came early this
year, and leaves dropped late, so I never got the final cleanup done. No
matter, since the neighbors didn't either. But the 3-foot high piles are
always down to six inches or so by the spring thaw. I don't garden, but
the next owner of this place is gonna have plenty of mulch to play with.
I mulch them in place with the mower fitted with a mulching blade. Some
may have some angst for a day or two until it rains and the remaining
little chips disappear but I can live with that. Its also good for the
soil because it is organic material.
I started with one of these-
Then I built 'racks' from 3/4" pvc and plastic hardware cloth to
extend the sides another 30". it holds a crap-load of leaves
to minimize trips to the compost pile.
I rake most of the leaves right into the cart- then top it off with a
pair of Bear Claws-- similar to these, but mine were from Ace & cost
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
I love the smell of burning leaves- but it really is easier to let the
worms take care of them.
[BTW- are you [fondly] remembering fall or still fighting with leaves?
We have a couple feet of white crap covering the leaves I missed.]
Back in the days when I still raked leaves I found it easiest to rake them all
onto a tarp and then drag the tarp to a convenient low place so I could dump
them. It was a PITA but not as big a PITA as filling bags individually.
Now I don't rake at all. I get on the lawn tractor and mulch them. MUCH
Some of us no longer see the humor in moving leaves around.
It's usually a few hundred hours of work per year for me.
I use a 65 gallon wheeled trash can I got at HD.
The top is wide enough that the rake fits in the opening.
That translates to about 30 loads moved per year.
I don't think I'd want a bag even if it was bigger.
It would be harder to fill and without wheels would be harder to
move and wouldn't fit thru my gateway to the back yard.
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