City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

City Manager's Blog

Oct 6th, 2017
02:30 PM
15 days ago

As our community’s magnificent trees begin their transformation from hues of green to gold and red, the time is upon us for finding our rakes and beginning the seasonal chore of clearing our yards of leaves. As always, the City stands at the ready to help with our annual leaf collection program, scheduled to begin the week of October 16, two weeks earlier than previously promoted.

A popular addition last year makes a return this fall. Our online map will be updated daily to show which areas have been covered by leaf collection crews as they complete a full pass-through of the City. While this map provides a record of completed work, it also provides some insight on when you can expect crews to be in your neighborhood, since they will be working alphabetically through the streets within each collection zone.

There are a few things you can do to assist crews and make the collection process go smoothly and efficiently. First off, please refrain from placing leaves curbside until the week leading up to the start of the program. If you have leaves to dispose of early, place them in approved biodegradable bags or refuse containers clearly marked for yard waste and place them at the curb with one solid waste sticker per container on your regular collection day as part of our yard waste program. A free alternative is to take them to the Roberts Road yard waste facility.

Once the program begins, place leaves in the tree lawn adjacent to, but not in the street. For safety reasons, make sure leaf piles are free of sticks, rocks or other objects that could damage equipment and pose a danger to crews. Keep piles away from sign posts, mailboxes, fire hydrants, light poles and trees. When parking vehicles on the street, you should allow a distance of at least eight feet from leaf piles so that crews can still access them easily. Last but not least, don’t place leaf piles close to storm sewers as they could clog and cause flooding during a heavy rainfall.

An alternative to raking leaves to your curb or to reduce how many leaves you put at the curb is to mulch them into your lawn. By simply continuing to regularly mow your lawn throughout the fall, leaves are eventually shredded and provide valuable nutrients for your soil that can help give you a bright green lawn next spring without using any fertilizer. You can also attach a bag to your mower and then use the leaf mulch in flowerbeds, around your bushes or trees and in compost piles.

For additional details about the City’s leaf collection program, click here, or call our Public Service Department at 614-583-5350. Happy raking!