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Please don’t dump your leaves onto the street pleads TAMS

By johnboy - 8 May 2013 29

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Territory and Municipal Services have some suggestions on where to see pretty leaves around town. And a plea to not rake them onto the street:

With Canberra’s trees well into their autumn transformation, people are encouraged to recycle fallen leaves by using them as garden mulch or composting them, Michael Brice, Territory and Municipal Services’ Urban Treescapes Manager, said today.

“At this time of year, deciduous trees gradually shed their leaves, creating a great deal of leaf litter around many homes,” Mr Brice said.

“Too often people are keen to rid their lawns and gardens of fallen leaves without realising they are a good source of mulch, compost and natural nutrients for their garden.

“Smaller leaves can be left in your garden so they can break down gradually and add nutrients to the soil. The leaves can also be shredded together with prunings and grass clippings to produce nutrient-rich compost ready for use in spring.

“Unfortunately, some people rake leaves off their lawn and nature strips onto the street. This can cause the gutters and drains to become blocked and can ultimately lead to high nutrient levels in our lakes once the leaves get there from the stormwater network. People are encouraged to make use of the leaves in the front garden and on the nature strip too.”

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Please don’t dump your leaves onto the street pleads TAMS
niftydog 3:20 pm 08 May 13

bundah said :

Of course if we actually knew when the street sweepers were coming around …

Well, you do now. However I can think of a couple of problems with your plan!

bundah 2:51 pm 08 May 13

Of course if we actually knew when the street sweepers were coming around like they did in parts of bundah this morning we could pile ’em up and leave them in the gutters the night before and they’d be gone the following morning,no harm done!

Gungahlin Al 2:47 pm 08 May 13

And another related thing: don’t pile them and all your grass clippings two foot high around your street tree. It causes “Collar Rot” and will kill the tree.

To A_Cog: “A Greens MP running TAMS” for 7 months was the cause of a lack of street sweeping by TAMS for years eh? Seriously…

BSB 2:18 pm 08 May 13

It angers me that people are happy for their lawns to look lovely but chuck their leaves in the gutters.
I take great joy in driving into the piles of leaves making them fly back onto that lazy person’s lawn >:)

dtc 2:13 pm 08 May 13

HiddenDragon said :

Could TAMS please arrange for all of the leaves to fall within a period of a day, or two – so that those of us who try to care about this sort of thing don’t have to repeatedly run around with rake/broom/bin to do the recycling thing – it would be so helpful if they could do that, and also ensure that no leaves fall within a week before any rainfall..

apparently the greenies running TAMS, and the carbon tax, means that this cannot be done.

Just go over them with your lawnmover and dump the stuff straight onto the garden beds.

I’ve seen one well known Canberra gardener take his mower into some of our local parks and suck up ute loads of leaves

GardeningGirl 1:43 pm 08 May 13

Do as I say, not as I do. Use to be the government sent a truck to the school to collect the leaves. I can’t say for sure the truckload of leaves went to green recycling but it would’ve been ridiculous to take a truckload of nothing but leaves anywhere else. (I also liked that it provided employment for some disabled people too.)
Then something changed and landscape maintenance was given to private contractors, who ‘don’t do leaves’. So the leaves use to go in the garbage hopper with all the other garbage to go to the tip. I don’t know if that’s still the case, I really hope they’ve come up with a better system since then to take advantage of the “good source of mulch, compost and natural nutrients for their garden”.

KT67 1:40 pm 08 May 13

But what will all the gardening firms who service the unit blocks in my street who regulary blow the leaves into the gutter do?

HiddenDragon 1:30 pm 08 May 13

Could TAMS please arrange for all of the leaves to fall within a period of a day, or two – so that those of us who try to care about this sort of thing don’t have to repeatedly run around with rake/broom/bin to do the recycling thing – it would be so helpful if they could do that, and also ensure that no leaves fall within a week before any rainfall.

With this assistance from our friends at TAMS, we will have that much more time to read and post fascinating comments on the RiotAct.

A_Cog 1:22 pm 08 May 13

If TAMS cared so much, TAMS could do one of three things:
1. Send street sweepers out to your street more than once every six months (seriously, they do this)
2. Switch all the deciduous trees with evergreens
3. Change the stupid rules which prevent serious trimming of trees more than 14m high on residential blocks

But NO! With a greens MP running TAMS, it’s now up to all of us to clean up after the mess that nature makes.

magiccar9 1:15 pm 08 May 13

And what are they going to do with the leaves on Government land? Are they going to come and put them in a nice pile, or leave them sitting in the gutters?
Also, what happens to all the other crap TAMS put down the storm water drains?

EvanJames 12:29 pm 08 May 13

There’s gold in them gutters. Those leaves should be packed into garden beds as mulch where they’ll break down and improve the dirt, and insulate the garden from frost. Or better still, into a compost bin where they turn into garden gold. Crazy to let them flush and contaminate the sewers.

thebrownstreak69 12:23 pm 08 May 13

The best thing to do with leaves is to burn them in your backyard.

Just kidding – I rake up and use them as winter mulch on my garden beds.

johnboy 12:13 pm 08 May 13

well apparently we’re killing canberra’s waterways.

If one were to have a lawn the leaves don’t do it any favours though.

Why do you hate grass so much?

Barcham 12:07 pm 08 May 13

I’ve always been of the opinion that the right place for leaves in Autumn is under the tree that dropped them.

I cannot understand why people put so much effort into keeping their lawns leaf free.

Aeek 11:53 am 08 May 13

and TAMS, how about when TAMS cut the grass, TAMS don’t leave the clippings to be washed into the storm drain.

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