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Posted on: September 28, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Raking Autumn Leaves

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Why should you rake your leaves? It’s simple: to protect the environment. One bag of leaves can adds nutrients for about 100 pounds of algae to grow. It's important to keep them out of our streams and lakes.

Leaves decompose and restock the soil with nutrients and organic matter. But when the 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 where the nutrients feed unwanted algae growth. When the algae dies and decomposes it uses up oxygen that fish and native plants need.

Options to dispose of leaves:

  • Use as mulch to suppress weeds, conserve soil moisture and reduce soil erosion. Layer 2-4 inches of mulch around perennials to help them live through the winter.
  • Compost and mix with other soil.
  • Drop off leaves at a free county yard waste site. Find locations at www.cityofroseville.com/RamseyRecycles.com or call 651-633-EASY (3279). Answered 24/7
  • Roseville residents can drop leaves at the Leaf Recycling Center on Dale Street and south of County Road C. The site will be open from October 3 through November 26. Only leaves are accepted at this site. Please take all leaf bags, including compostable bags with you.
  • Leaves cannot be added to regular trash; however, you can arrange a pickup with your regular trash hauler. Haulers are required to take leaves to a compost facility. They may charge an additional fee.
  • Hire a contractor to haul away your leaves. A list of leaf hauling businesses is available at www.cityofroseville.com/LeafContractors. This list is a representation of some of the companies in the Twin Cities area that provide lawn services. It is not a recommendation or endorsement. We encourage residents to check references before hiring someone to haul away the leaves.
If you have questions, log on to www.cityofroseville.com/RamseyRecycles.com or call 651-633-EASY (3279). Answered 24/7.

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