Not only will the leaves be changing this fall - so will our lawn care practices. You might be surprised to know that fall can be a critical time for yard care. Lawns that are healthy and well-tended will look better and are less likely to require extra fertilizers or pesticides. You can care for your lawn and plants in a way that keeps them healthy and also protects water quality.
- Remove fallen leaves. Rain and melting snow will carry leaves through storm drains directly to nearby streams. The nutrients in leaves can harm aquatic life but are great for composting. Mulch some of the leaf litter into fertilizer for your lawn or garden if you can. Too many fallen leaves can smother your lawn, exposing it to mold and disease.
- Aerate your lawn. Aeration punches small holes in the lawn to circulate air, water and nutrients in the soil. It encourages good rooting and helps water penetrate your lawn.
- If you need to fertilize your lawn, fall is the right time to do it. According to CSU Extension, effective lawn fertilization starts in early fall when applying fertilizer promotes healthy root systems and hardy lawns. Always read the labels carefully and apply fertilizer according to instructions.
- Properly dispose of yard waste. By responsibly disposing of leaves and yard waste, you can prevent excess nutrients from entering our waterways. Take leaf litter and other yard debris to community drop-off events, like the City's annual Fall Leaf Drop-Off.
2021 Fall Leaf Drop-Off
Dates: Oct. 25 - Nov. 24
- Monday - Friday: 6:30am-3:30pm
- Saturday, Nov. 20: 9am-1pm
Closed Nov. 11 in observance of Veteran’s Day
Closed Nov. 25-26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day
Lafayette residents may dispose of leaves and pumpkins during this event. Tree branches are not accepted. This is a self-service program. Dumpsters will be available for disposal. If you bring your leaves in plastic bags, please be prepared to take the bags with you. Only compostable bags or brown paper bags are accepted for this program.
Please follow current applicable social distancing guidelines when out of your vehicle.