Fall Leaf Clean-Up Tips

Many leaves will naturally fall into our creeks, waterways and
streams, but it's important that we don't add excess leaves by
directly raking leaves into bodies of water or stormwater drains.

Excessive decaying leaves use up the water's oxygen, harming
animals that live in the water. Leaves can also clog up drains
creating stormwater flooding in your neighborhood.

Here are some tips to help keep our stormwater system clean
and free-flowing:

  • Never rake leaves into your storm drains, ditches, creeks or rivers.
  • Have a storm drain near your home? Act as its guardian angel and do your part to keep it free of litter and leaves.
  •  Remove leaves from your gutters, ditches, driveways, sidewalks and streets.
  • Fall is the best season to fertilize your lawn. Mulch leaves by running over them with your lawn mower at your next cutting. Leaves and grass clippings are great fertilizer for your lawn.
  • Rake leaves into a compost pile for a nutrient-rich fertilizer to use on your garden next spring.
On a related note, during routine fall tune-ups, check your
car and lawn equipment for leaks. A good rainstorm can send
gasoline and oil drips from automobiles, lawn mowers and
power equipment into waterways.

If you have any questions about floodplain requirements, flood
insurance or stormwater issues, please contact Joseph Moore,
the City’s Deputy Building Commissioner and Floodplain
Manager, at jmoore@marylandheights.com or (314) 738-2243.