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Disposal of Leaves
Posted on Nov 7th, 2017

Fall has arrived and many Tulsans are busy with yard work - perhaps mowing the grass for the last time before winter and taking care of leaves that are falling from the trees.  It is important to remember during this time of year that lawn mowing and leaf raking debris should not be swept, blown or deposited in stormwater drains or in streams. 
 
Leaves and grass clippings also should not be blown into the street, sidewalk, or ditch, where rainwater can carry them into storm sewers and streams.  Yard wastes not only can block storm drains and cause flooding, also as they decompose they can reduce the amount of oxygen in the water.  Fish need oxygen to survive.  Storm sewers in the city of Tulsa drain either to the Arkansas River or Bird Creek.
 
Here are other options for handling leaves and grass:
 
* Mulch them with a lawn mower and leave on the yard, or add them to a compost pile.  Choosing these options helps to return nutrients to the soil.
 
*Bag them and set out for pickup with your regular trash.
 
* Take them to the City's mulch site at 2100 N. 145th East Ave.
 
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