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drains. The City of Spokane Valley is asking for your help to keep leaves out of storm drains.
You can help by keeping leaves and debris from your yard out of the street, off the public sidewalk, and away from storm drains. Here are some tips from the City of Spokane Valley Stormwater Division to manage all those leaves and make your lawn and garden healthier:
- Raking frequently helps your grass get needed sunlight and oxygen.
- Bag up those leaves and take them to the Spokane Valley University Road Transfer Station at 2405 N. University Road.Find information and disposal rates at www.spokanevalley.org/solidwaste by selecting the "Yard Waste/Organics" link, or by calling 509-924-5678.
- Another option is to mow over dry leaves using a mulching blade on your mower and leave them in place to provide nutrients for your lawn.
- Pile leaves on bare areas in vegetable gardens and flower beds, or around the base of trees.Spray with a little water to help generate topsoil that can absorb more water next year and reduce watering needs.
- Lean how easy it is to turn leaves and debris into organic compost that can provide nutrients for healthier trees, lawns and gardens.Find more information on composting, as well as opportunities for training to become a Master Composter, at www.spokanecounty.org/2024/Master-Composter-Program. There are a limited number of training openings available to Spokane Valley residents so be sure and visit the website soon.