Foliage falling ‘leaves’ a mess; Here’s some help! - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Foliage falling ‘leaves’ a mess; Here’s some help!

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - It's pretty easy to tell that fall is here; the temperature is changing and leaves are turning color and are falling off the trees. That creates a lot of extra work!
Besides ending up in yards, those leaves can fall in streets, roadways, and even clog storm drains which can lead to pooling water and flooding problems.

While the City of Spokane Valley does perform street sweeping throughout the autumn as leaves fall, a quick storm or temperature change could mean debris falls faster than the City can sweep.
Luckily, the City Stormwater Maintenance staff has a few suggestions on hand. These tips will not only keep yard waste out of the public right of way, but also can be beneficial to your lawn and maybe even help out your pocketbook by saving you on fertilizer next spring!
  • Keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves and debris
  • Rake as needed to make sure sunlight and oxygen can make it to your grass
  • Mow over dry leaves while they are on your lawn to create a nutritious compost
  • Pile some leaves on bare areas like flower beds or in a ring around trees and spray with a little water to generate a topsoil that can absorb more water next year
  • Bag up your leaves and take them to a yard waste recycling center, or
  • Either pile the leaves into a certain area in your yard or bag them up, saving them to create compost for next year's garden or flower beds
With some of those tips from above, you can assist the City in keeping the roadways tidy and storm drains operating properly to reduce flooding and pollution problems. And you're lawn will be healthier and more attractive for it. Not to mention the money you can save on composting instead of buying fertilizer next year!

For further information, visit www.spokanevalley.org and select ‘Public Works' on the left hand menu and look for the link at the top of the page for ‘Stormwater'.
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