Why should you rake your leaves? It’s a simple answer: to protect the environment. When the leaves land on the street or sidewalk the decomposing bits can enter the stormwater system and feed unwanted algae growth.
Leaves decompose and restock the soil with nutrients and organic matter. But when they wash down the street and into the storm drain, they go directly into ponds, lakes and rivers, where nutrients fuel algae growth.
When algae decomposes, it uses up the 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.