Remember playing in the leaves just before your parents raked them to the curb? Then, after getting dirty, going inside to carve a pumpkin, drink a glass of apple cider and eat candy?

Remember playing in the leaves just before your parents raked them to the curb? Then, after getting dirty, going inside to carve a pumpkin, drink a glass of apple cider and eat candy?

With that being said, the city has begun its annual leaf collection for residents, Oct. 6-Dec. 5, which gives you more time after you rake the leaves to do the activities of fall that you love.

We ask residents to rake leaves to the edge of their curb; however, please do not rake them out in the street. Raking leaves out in the street can create hazardous conditions, including: slippery roads and clogged storm sewers that could lead to flooded streets and yards.

Other reminders include:

• Avoid piling around parked cars or covering fire hydrants.

•Keep children and pets away from leaf piles that are already prepared for collection on the curbside and away from the leaf collection equipment during leaf removal.

• Prevent raking leaves on sidewalks or bike paths.

Scheduling leaf collection pickup is not necessary. Collection takes place weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. The city's goal is to collect leaves once a week; however, during periods of heavy leaves, inclement weather and weeks that include holidays, there may be two weeks in between leaf collection.

The following is information about what materials will be picked up at leaf collection.

Leaf piles that are mixed with grass trimmings, branches, brush or other non-leaf content will not be collected. These items, such as branches and brush, can have a scheduled pickup through the curbside chipper program. You can schedule a pickup by calling Streets & Utilities' 24-hour information line at (614) 410-4780, or the Streets & Utilities office at (614) 410-4750.

Grass clippings and yard waste should be placed into a biodegradable bag or trash can to be collected. This service is done regularly on Mondays.

Once the leaf collection program is over in December, please place leaves in biodegradable bags or a trash can for yard waste, and the leaves will be collected in the regular Monday curbside-composting service.

Make raking leaves fun with your family or dogs; bake pumpkin bread that you have been waiting for since last fall and see the power of youth in your children when they play in leaves or dress up for Halloween.

A quote that I found about fall is by Edwin Way Teale and that I would like to leave in your mind, "For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad."

Ron Burns is director of Streets & Utilities in Dublin.

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