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Dealing with Leaves and Yard Trimmings

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​​​Fall leaf season​​​

Beginning on Monday, Oct. 12 residents and ​contractors will be able to deliver unlimited amounts of leaves from City of Ann Arbor residential properties to the city's compost facility, located at 4170 Platt Road. We strongly encourage residents and contractors to take advantage of this opportunity to reduce the volumes of bags at the curb, which present a safety risk to staff and hinders the city's ability to service all properties. This opportunity will end on Friday, Dec. ​11, 2020.

Dealing with leaves and yard trimmings at home

There are options to deal with leaves that don't involve yard bags or compost carts. Consider:

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  • ​Replacing turf grass with a rain garden​ stocked with native plants, which require no mowing and little maintenance​. Rain gardens have the added benefit of capturing pollution before it hits our streams and rivers as well as helping replenish groundwater​. 
  • ​Use a mulching mower to feed grass clippings and lea​ves back into your lawn. 
  • Create a compost pile. This​ step-by-step guide ​shows you exactly how to do it.​ 
  • Consider creating a dead wood garden​ with limbs and branches you might otherwise discard. Even that old holiday tree you pulled out of your house could be used. These​ gardens not only fertilize the underlying soil, they become homes for beneficial insects, birds and fungi. ​​
Also visit Washtenaw County's composting page to learn more about building compost piles​, dealing with organic material and even becoming a Master Composter​

Making better use of compost​ carts

Consider some of these options to help get the most out of your compost cart:​

  • ​Text or call neighbors to inquire if their compost carts are full, and likewise offer to share your extra space with them.
  • Space out your yard work so that you can fill your compost cart each week.​

Stumpery

A stumpery is a gar​den feature made from parts of dead trees, logs, pieces of bark or tree limbs. The pieces are arranged artistically and plants, typically ferns, mosses and lic​hens are encouraged to grow around or on them. They provide a feature for the garden and a habitat for several types of wildlife.​

Leaf burning: bad for our health and illegal 

Burning leaves produces particulate matter which can be harmful. Michigan and City of Ann Arbor law make it illegal to burn leaves within the city limits.​

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​To report missed pickup or other problem, please use A2 Fix It. ​​​


 
City of Ann Arbor Customer Service
Larcom​ City Hall, First Floor
301 E. Huron St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 
 
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734.994.7336 
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