Fall can be a beautiful season, but it can also be a headache for many homeowners that are now tasked with keeping their yards free of yard waste. Here are some tips for how to deal with fallen leaves on your property.

When to Clean Up Yard Waste

There are a few different schools of thought on when to clean up fallen leaves, and how often to clean them. For the greatest simplicity, you might want to wait until the end of the season, when most of the leaves have already fallen. This will make it easier to get most of the yard waste in one fell swoop.

But some people like to clean up their fallen leaves throughout the season. Your homeowner's association and neighbors might favor this if they think that the leaves make your yard look messy. If everyone else has restored a tidy lawn and yours is still full of leaves, you might feel pressured to clean up.

Another time when more frequent yard cleanings is a good idea is when you've got little children playing in the yard. Making piles of leaves can be a fun pastime, but if your yard is covered in a thick layer of leaves it might hide some obstacles on the ground, such as pits or yard tools.

Where to Put it

Another thing you'll want to decide before you start is where you're going to put your yard waste. A single yard waste bin probably won't be enough if you have a big yard to clean up. You could try borrowing your neighbors' bins and trading off each week with who gets to do clean up. But a simpler option is often to get a roll-off dumpster for rent during your yard cleaning. You can keep it on your property all season to collect leaves and keep them in a single receptacle.

How to Clean

When you're cleaning leaves, make sure that you shake the branches that you can reach to aid falling leaves that are about to hit the ground. You might use a garbage bin to haul leaves over to your roll off dumpster to make things easier.

How to Get Rid of it

If you've rented a roll off dumpster, it probably comes with availability for pickup and hauling. If you are using your own containers, you might need to drive them yourself to a processing facility.