Un-raked or abandoned leaf piles can cause problems in your community. It is important that you not only rake your leaves to keep your yard looking green, but to prevent storm drains from clogging and algae from growing in sewers and local waters. Leaving piles of leaves in the street is also a serious safety risk for children and drivers. The best place to rake the leaves is into a pile in the grass between the street and sidewalk. You can also store the leaves in biodegradable bags, which will be picked up by leaf collection crews.
Tips When Raking
– Do not mix brush or trash into the leaf piles.
– Don’t begin to rake leaves to the curb until the week before your scheduled collection to prevent safety hazards and clogging.
– Pace yourself and watch your back when raking large areas. Raking uses a lot of back muscles you might not typically use. Move your feet and try not to bend over to much.
– Keep your piles away from cars, fire hydrants and other signage.
– Keep children out of the raked piles near the street.
Un-raked leaves or large leaf piles will not kill your grass. The grass is just temporarily discolored and will return to its natural green color in the spring.