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2017 Leaf Collection Information

Leaf Preparation Guidelines

November 14, 2017 Update:  The DPW is working hard to pick up leaves throughout the City. If your leaf pick up time has come and gone, do not fear! Although the DPW is picking up leaves according to the schedule, they hope to complete the schedule and move back through the subdivisions again to pick up areas that were missed. This is provided the weather stays nice and sn*w (some people don't want us to say that word yet!) does not dampen DPW efforts. Remember, you can bag your leaves for pick up by Waste Management until November 29th. You can sign-up for eNotifications HERE.  We will also post our progress on Facebook.  If you have any questions, please call the DPW at (248) 624-0141.

BE PREPARED:  Know your scheduled week!  Rake your leaves by the weekend prior to your scheduled dates.  Leaves piled longer than a week may scatter, plug the storm sewer system, or cause possible traffic hazards.

DIRECTIONS:  Keep leaves free from debris such as branches, rocks, metal, lawn clippings and pet waste. This causes problems with the pickup machine and may delay or suspend leaf pickup in your area.   Please put leaves on the CURB for leaf pickup.  Our truck cannot pick up leaves left too far back from the curb.  DO NOT PARK IN THE STREET DURING YOUR ASSIGNED DATES.

BAG YOUR LEAVES OPTION:  Wixom’s Leaf Collection Program is designed to provide residents with optional bagged leaf collection.  You can bag your leaves for Waste Management’s curbside collection until November 29th.  Also, Wixom residents can drop off leaves and other yard waste free-of-charge at Spurt Industries, Inc. compost facility located behind the DPW yard at 2041 Charms Road.

PATIENCE:  Leaf collection takes time.  Delays due to weather, the rate at which the leaves fall and potential emergencies are inevitable.  Unless an immediate hazard exists, the DPW will follow the schedule that ensures systematic coverage.  The City can only guarantee ONE pass through the section during that section’s scheduled week, so please place your leaves curbside.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are hiring a landscaping company, make sure the landscaper states how they plan to deal with leaf disposal.   If they plan to dispose of the leaves at curbside, they will need to coordinate their efforts with your subdivision’s planned pick-up schedule as noted here.  Many contracts offer complete leaf disposal (removal) without leaving them curbside.

2017 Leaf Collection Schedule

Leaf Collection Schedule

Colorful Alternatives for Leaf Disposal

The beauty and splendor of autumn is generally diminished every year by the burdensome task of raking leaves.  There are several options for leaf disposal that are not only environmentally beneficial to your landscape, but can also be less labor intensive than raking or blowing leaves.  Here are four simple watershed-friendly ways to use your leaves and enhance your lawn:

· Compost leaves. Mix leaves with grass clippings and soil to create a compost pile. Compost can be added to your garden to enrich the soil and suppress plant diseases and parasites. 

· Chop or shred leaves with your mower and use them as mulch around ornamental plants, bushes and trees.  Mulch reduces the need for watering and weeding. 

· Let leaves lie and mow them into the lawn. Leaves eventually decompose and can improve soil. Shredded leaves carry up to 80% of the nutrients a tree extracts from the soil and air. 

· Bag extra dry leaves to save for use in your compost pile during spring and summer.

Visit www.socwa.org for instructional videos on leaf mulching and tips for home composting.

Fall Fertilizing

Earth-Friendly FertilizerFall is the best time to fertilize your lawn for quickly improving vigor and growing a healthier, greener lawn next spring. 

When applying fertilizer this fall consider Earth-friendly fertilizers.  The over-application of lawn fertilizers has been linked to water quality problems in the Rouge River watershed and local lakes.  Earth-friendly fertilizers can reduce the problem by building turf density and health while minimizing the risk of excess phosphorus and nitrogen.  Try fertilizers that have 50% or more slow-release nitrogen and do not contain herbicides or weed-control.    

If you use a lawn care service, ask the company if they have Earth-friendly fertilizing options.  You can also contact the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) at (248) 288-5150 or visit www.landscape.org/healthylawn for a list of endorsed lawn care professionals.