County re­minds res­i­dents not to leave yard ma­te­ri­als into the street

The Avenue News - - TOWN CRIER -

Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents are re­minded that rak­ing or blow­ing leaves and grass trim­mings into the gut­ter or street is un­safe, po­ten­tially dam­ag­ing to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay, and il­le­gal.

Leaves in the gut­ter can lead to fires and en­dan­ger chil­dren who might try to play in the leaves. Leaves and grass trim­mings can also clog drains and, if the leaves do get to the bay, cause al­gae blooms. Al­gae blooms ab­sorb oxy­gen and light that fish and aquatic plants need to sur­vive.

In­stead of rak­ing or blow­ing these yard ma­te­ri­als into the gut­ter, the County sug­gests that res­i­dents com­post them. Com­post­ing leaves and grass trim­mings is an easy way to pro­duce an en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly soil ad­di­tive for use in gar­dens.

An­other op­tion for Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents is to sim­ply mulch fallen leaves with a lawn mower and leave them on the ground, pro­vid­ing a great nat­u­ral fer­til­izer for lawns as the leaves de­com­pose. Mulched leaves can also be col­lected and used around plants, gar­den beds, un­der shrubs and hedges, and un­der trees. The mulch will keep the soil moist and pro­tect the roots of the plants.

Bal­ti­more County res­i­dents who choose to bag their yard ma­te­ri­als should put them out where they nor­mally place their trash, in ac­cor­dance with their trash and re­cy­cling col­lec­tion sched­ule. Res­i­dents are re­minded to use pa­per or plas­tic lawn and leaf bags to set out their yard ma­te­ri­als, not trash cans or any other type of con­tainer.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to han­dle yard ma­te­ri­als at home, res­i­dents may visit http://www.bal­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov/solid­waste or call 410-887-2000.

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