Why should you rake your leaves? It’s a simple answer: to protect the environment. Leaves decompose and restock the soil with nutrients but also feed unwanted algae growth in lakes and rivers.
When leaves land on the street or sidewalk the decomposing bits wash down the street and into the storm drain. They go directly into lakes and rivers and become food for algae. When the algae dies and decomposes it uses up oxygen that fish and native plants need.
It is important to rake up the leaves and keep them out of our streams and lakes. One bag of leaves adds nutrients for about 100 pounds of algae to grow.
Options to dispose of leaves:
If you have questions, contact Roseville Public Works at 651-792-7004 or email@example.com.