Earth Calendar for November 14th and November 15th

Nov 14, 2012

The yearly ritual of raking, bagging and hauling leaves to the curb is in full swing. 

When autumn rolls around, it provides a relief from the summer heat with cooler temperatures and beautiful colors from changing leaves.  Those colorful leaves eventually fall to the ground and are placed on roadsides, curbs and sidewalks.  While these may be fun to jump and play in, they have a downside.  Leaves left on the street turn roads into dry creek beds.  When rain falls on the leaves, they break down and release polluting nutrients – like nitrogen and phosphorus – into storm drains and local waterways.   Mowing the lawn and raking can be tasking chores.  If you have to do both, why not combine the two and help your garden out at the same time?  Leaves and grass clippings can provide natural nutrients to plants and soils.  Instead of raking your leaves first then mowing, try mowing the grass and leaves on the lawn together, then raking up the pile and spreading it around on a garden bed on top of the soil.  Natural nutrients will filter down into the soil and the plants will feed off of them. You can also add leaves, grass and other yard waste to a compost.

On Our Calendar:  Recycle your old campaign signs and everyone's a winner! Through November 30th, anyone can drop off their old campaign signs (frames and all) as part of a free recycling program at either Montgomery County Transfer Stations.

North Transfer Facility - 6589 Old Webster Street - Vandalia, OH 45414                  

South Transfer Facility - 1001 Encrete Lane - Dayton, OH 45439

Normal Hours of Operation for Both Facilities

Monday - Friday,  6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday,  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed Sunday

For more information about the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, please visit the Montgomery County Solid Waste District website or call (937) 225-4999.