Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

Grab a Rake! D.C. Offers Leaf Removal

The recent cold snap may have you feeling like Washington skipped a season, but it’s still fall as evidenced by the rollout of D.C.'s leaf removal program.

Fall foliage in the capital region can be beautiful in late October and early November, but those same leaves can prove hazardous if left to collect on streets and sidewalks.

It creates a slippery mess for pedestrians and puts a strain on the city's storm drains.

To avoid these situations, the D.C. Department of Public Works has announced the removal schedule. It's broken down by neighborhood and by ward. Be sure to stay on top of the schedule so your leaves are removed quickly and efficiently.

Public Works officials ask that residents follow some basic guidelines when preparing for their pickups.

• Rake your leaves into the treebox space the weekend before your street's collection weeks. 

• Only rake leaves. Tree limbs, bricks, dirt and rocks may damage the equipment and delay collections.

• Prevent fires, parking problems and possible flooding by keeping leaves off the street. When it rains, leaves can block the storm drain and cause flooding.

Of course, local residents have the option of hiring a professional to rake and remove leaves on their timetable. It can be a smart option for those outside of the city, especially in the outlying suburbs of Virginia and Maryland.

No matter how you choose to remove leaves from your lawn, check out this Angie's List guide and try these few tips to keep costs down.

Don't Call Too Soon

First and foremost, don't call in a company before your trees have shed their leaves. Any company that gives you an estimate based on how many leaves you might have when fall comes isn't probably one you want to hire.

Find Out Costs Upfront

Be sure to get an estimate. Leaf removal companies are generally happy to provide free estimates. For instance, the highly-rated Manzano Landscaping in Woodbridge, Virginia offers free estimates and personal responses to inquiries.

Accessibility, Location are Key

If you've chosen a curbside pickup, make sure your leaf piles are somewhere easily accessible. Try to time your call for service so that your leaves aren't sitting out for more than a few days.

Once a leaf pile settles, it becomes difficult to remove.

Another way to save locally is it to consider a lawn care package. Maintenance Lawn Service in Montgomery County, Maryland offers four hours of landscaping services, which can include many lawn projects, for $249.

Once your leaves are properly removed there's not much time to relax as the year comes to an end — snow shoveling is just around the corner.

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