As we get deeper into the fall season, the temperature will continue to fall, the rain will continue to pour down, and the trees will start to become bear as the leaves can't handle the harsh conditions and die as they fall from the tree branches. This is something we are used to every year as all of the seasons have to pass as we orbit around the sun.

Your personal feelings about the fall season may vary depending on how old you are. Kids seem to enjoy the fall as they get to go back to school and see their friends, it's still warm enough to play outside after school, fall sports are in session, and LEAVES! On the other hand, the older you are the more you dislike fall, you enjoy it because kids are back in school and fall sports are rolling but the leaves part makes you wish that fall didn't exist. You can't get away from the work, but the disposal part is easy thanks to the City of Kalamazoo.

One of the most annoying parts of fall is dealing with all of the leaves that find their way onto your lawn, porch, roof, car, and everywhere else. Since you can choose to leave them there most people do but then they have to deal with them getting drenched in snow and making shoveling harder, so what are the alternatives?

In Kalamazoo you have a couple of options of how you can handle the leaves that fall on your property and the disposal of them. The most used method is to get out with a lawn blower and just blow the leaves any place that isn't your lawn, which just makes them someone else's problem. You can also do one of these things to allow for the City of Kalamazoo to dispose of them.

Once you have decided that you are going to rake your lawn you must decide what the end result will be. You can choose to rake them all into nice piles in front of your home that they will take the time to pick up. I wouldn't blame you for using this method because it's the least amount of work and requires those city workers to come out and use our taxpayer dollars well.

You may also choose to place those leaves in biodegradable bags and either leave them in front of your home to be picked up or drop them off at 322 E. Stockbridge Avenue which is the old DHHS building between November 6th and December 15. The drop site is open Monday-Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm according to the city of Kalamazoo website.

Below are the days in which the different parts of town will receive leaf pick up service. The city is split in 3 sections labeled A, B, and C. There are two rounds of pickups for each section as you may miss the first one or more leaves may fall in between the two dates. The dates for each round in each section are as follows:

  • In area A, the first pickup starts Nov. 6 and the second starts Nov. 27.
  • In area B, the first pickup starts Nov. 13 and the second starts Dec 4.
  • In area C, the first pickup starts Nov. 20 and the second starts Dec. 11.

Make a decision relatively quickly about which method of leaf disposal you're going to use and keep track of the dates for each section of town and round so that you don't miss out. If you want to drop them off yourself, you can but you can also be lazy and let them just sit there as well.

Color Of The Leaves Today

Gallery Credit: Scott Miller