Introduction: Bag Leaves the Easy Way

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Propping a plastic leaf bag up while you fill it with leaves is time consuming.  And the suction created by removing the bags from the trash can tends to rip the top of your bag.  Simply remove the bottom of a plastic garbage container, and you've solved both of your problems!!  Here's how...

Step 1: Cut the Bottom Off a Plastic Garbage Container

I used a 33-gallon plastic garbage container that was tapered at the bottom.  Use either a sturdy pair of scissors or a pair of poultry shears to remove the bottom, about 1" from the actual bottom off the garbage can.

Step 2: Add Your Bag and Fill With Leaves

If you're using a 33-gallon garbage bag (the same size as the container), use the container right-side-up and place your bag around the opening.  Fill with leaves.

Step 3: Invert to Remove Bag

Since the bottom of the container is tapered, you won't be able to lift the container up and over the bag.  Tip the container on its side and slide the bag out from the top (or slide your container over the bottom of the bag) to remove the full bag.

Step 4: Using a Smaller Bag

If you're using a smaller bag, tip the container up-side-down over the lid and place your bag around the smaller, tapered opening.  The domed lid will keep short bags from falling into the container from the weight of the leaves.

Step 5: Add Your Leaves, Tie, and Remove

When your small bag is full, there is no need to invert the container to remove the bag of leaves (because the larger opening is at the bottom); simply lift the container up and over the bag!