The 2016/2017 Leaf Season
Leaf Season is fast approaching! This year, Leaf Season will begin on October 3rd, 2016 and end on January 27th, 2017. Last year there were approximately 8900 cubic yards of shredded, compacted leaves weighing approximately 2400 tons collected during leaf season, and this year there will be more as new trees are planted and existing trees continue to grow and mature with each new season.
If you have leaves that need to be removed you may:
-Bag your leaves in brown biodegradable bags and place them out for collection with your garbage on your regularly scheduled collection day after October 3rd. The Department of Sanitation and Environmental Services will pick them up during your regularly scheduled trash pickup.
-Rake your leaves up to the curb in front of your house and notify the Street Department that you are ready for a pickup. We will place your name on a list and send out our truck to collect them on a first called, first served basis starting October 3rd.
-Rake your leaves up to your curb and wait for your first regularly scheduled pickup. As the season progresses and more leaves have fallen, we will add more trucks to the service line and begin regular weekly pickup.
-Compost your leaves. You can collect your own leaves and place them in your own compost bin. If you collect your leaves for personal composting, please be sure to rotate them regularly along with your other organic yard waste. If you choose to compost, by next spring, you will have free and healthy compost to use in your garden and landscaping.
-Mowing over your leaves. Running over your leaves with your lawn mower will save you the time and effort of raking, and will allow the chopped leaves to decompose directly where they fall in your lawn, enriching the soil. Please be aware that if you choose the mowing method of leaf disposal, it is imperative that you mow the leaves as fine as possible. Sometimes this requires mowing the leaves at least 3-4 times. Being thorough will ensure that your existing grass is not packed down under a "leaf-mat". Also, this method can be a dusty job, but the reward is that you will not need to turn your compost pile during the winter and you will avoid having to spread compost next spring.
Please be courteous to your neighbors' and choose a method that best suits your needs while keeping in mind that your neighbor might have other ideas about what is best. The fall leaf season could be a wonderful opportunity to organize a neighborhood "clean-up day" or "leaf-raking" social gathering. Remember too that older citizens sometimes live right next door and might need some help with their leaves. (The City does all we can to help, but sometimes we are not always able to meet the labor-needs of our older citizens. Any help you can provide would be very appreciated by the City.)
Please note that if you currently pay for private lawn service, your provider MUST remove your yard waste. Whether you or a lawn service provider is taking care of your lawn, it is NEVER acceptable to place leaves into a storm drain, culvert, or any other stormwater structure. REMEMBER: the stormdrains run to the river. Only RAIN goes down the Drain!
As a reminder, if you have any questions about leaf removal procedures, please see City of Franklin Leaf Removal Options for more information or you may call us anytime at 615-791-3254.
It's Construction Season!
As of January 2, 2016 construction permits were once again being issued to allow Contractors to resume construction activities in the Cool Springs shopping area. If you see construction signs in the area, please use caution while driving or walking in construction zones.