Everything You Thought You Knew About Leaf Bagging is WRONG.

Don’t think I haven’t heard the grousing. I’m aware that people think the yearly leaf bag contest is tired and pointless, with the same guesses winning time after time. Maybe the sport of guessing leaf bag numbers has had its day in the sun. Maybe it’s time to move onto something else.

To all these naysayers I say, “NAY!” What if I told you that there was a new development this year that was so radical, so unexpected, so exciting, that it changed the leaf bag contest completely?

Those with weak constitutions and who are prone to fainting, I urge you not to read any further without medical assistance. What you see will astound you. It will shock you. And it may make you question every assumption you’ve ever had, especially those about leaf raking and bagging.

I present to you: The Leaf Hog:

You’re looking at raw power, folks. The Leaf Hog is our latest weapon in the War on Leaves and let me tell you, there will be a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the lawn. This baby sucks up leaves and mulches them, spitting the shredded carcasses into a plastic bin for easy bagging.

Not only does this make the job a bit easier (honestly, it’s not much faster than just plain raking and throwing into bags with the Bear Claws) but since it mulches at a claimed 10:1 rate, the number of bags will be radically changed! See for yourself!

HOW radically changed? Well, I just don’t know! DO YOU? Why not guess at the number of bags?

That’s right, with the smell of autumn in the air and the taste of Sam Adams’ Octoberfest in my mouth, it means it’s time once again for the Leaf Bag Guessing Contest! The rules are simple:

1) To be official, guesses must appear in a comment on this blog post (or on subsequent blog posts that are noted as Official Guess Posts.) You are guessing on the number of bags of leaves it will take us to clean up our yard.

2) Each user gets a single guess, and the first person to guess a number has sole claim on it.

3) The contest ends when one of the three conditions applies: (1) the first major snow makes further raking pointless, (2) we get tired of cleaning up leaves, or (3) we (ha!) finish the job.

4) Standard Price-is-Right bidding applies. The contestant who is closest to the correct number without going over wins a fantastic prize of unknown value (because I don’t know what it is yet.)

5) If you have a problem with any of these rules, you can start a blog for free via WordPress or Blogspot and I’m betting there are some leaves in your yard.

6) You should also know that the Worker Bees, who previously helped out with our raking, are on an indefinite hiatus, so that assistance cannot be counted on this year. Oh, the variables!

So that’s it! Get your slide rules and Ouija boards out and see if you can correctly surmise just how the Leaf Hog will affect the outcome! Here’s a VIDEO to get you started!

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20 Responses to Everything You Thought You Knew About Leaf Bagging is WRONG.

  1. Isaac says:

    I’m new to this, so I don’t know what previous guesses have been, nor do I have any clue how many trees you have in your yard. I’m going to guess 15, though, because that looks like one leafy yard.

  2. Lanf says:

    I’m going with lucky number 21!

  3. Albatross says:


  4. Blasterhappy says:

    I’m gonna go with 27.

  5. Andrew Weiss says:

    Wow, that’s sweet. I ought to tell Wife to get one to use with the composter.

  6. Doesn’t look like the mulch gets it down as much as you might expect, so 37 for me.

  7. Anne says:

    Ah yes, technology is fun and all, but that hog looks rather tedious–a bit like vacuuming your living room carpet with a dustbuster. I predict that you’ll eventually ditch it and go back to the good ole bear claws. 48.

  8. Nigel says:

    40. As an added prediction it’s going to take you 40 days and 40 nights to do it.

  9. Stewart says:

    In examining past trends involving implementation of technology and an increased labor pool:


    I will guess 31.

  10. John M says:

    I think I agree with Anne. I predict a return to the bear claws. 42

  11. googum says:

    Aiming high, but say, 52.

  12. Deshae says:

    33 :) Happy hot cocoa sipping as you go!

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  14. Kurt says:

    I’ll say 36. I’m also giving the Hog a vote of no-confidence. As soon as those leaves are wet, I think you’ll be using the Claws. “The Future Belongs to the Bear Claw Loyalists!”

  15. Vicky says:

    I can’t believe I almost missed out on the leaf bag contest. (Stupid crazy work) As a previous winner I can say the prize is pretty sweet. I will guess 35.

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