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Top two tips for fall leaf care

Top two tips for fall leaf care
Posted on 10/13/2021
The fall season is here and so are the leaves. A few things you should know. 

BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT CLEANUP

City ordinance doesn’t require property owners to remove leaves. But, doing so keeps our neighborhoods looking tidy, prevents clogged storm drains and avoids frustrating neighbors who work hard for a neat yard.

If your neighbor isn’t taking care of their leaves, consider asking them if they need help — especially if they’re elderly or have physical challenges.

There can be some benefits to leaving your rake indoors, too. While piles of fallen leaves can smother your grass, leaving leaves where they fall and mowing them into a fine mulch is actually good for your lawn and garden!

KNOW WHERE LEAVES DON’T BELONG

We love to admire autumn foliage across Lenexa, but there are a few key places we don’t want to find leaves.

Streets, storm drains and streams: They may seem harmless, but leaves in these spots can cause localized flooding, deprive aquatic life of oxygen and become a breeding ground for rodents and insects.

If you see someone sweeping or blowing leaves (or anything else) into a drain or stream, call Lenexa Municipal Services at 913.477.7880. Also, don’t sweep leaves along the curb and leave them — They’re likely to end up in the street or storm drain.

Rain gutters: Clean these out regularly to avoid future — potentially costly — problems. Clogged gutters can result in soggy places around your foundation and wood rot. If you don’t feel comfortable climbing a ladder, there are many gutter covering solutions available.


Published Oct. 13, 2021