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Leaves

Leaves on street

To prevent leaves from blocking catch basins along the road, please collect fallen leaves that can blow from your yard, and adjacent sidewalks and boulevards.  The City cleans sidewalks on major roadways, and it is the responsibility of the adjacent property owner to maintain the sidewalk and boulevards.

Please do not push or blow leaves onto the street. The Street Use Bylaw (Section 6) does not allow pushing snow, leaves or other material from their yard or boulevard onto the road.  Doing so can affect drainage and may create hazards for pedestrians or drivers.

You can report a violation to City Bylaw Enforcement at 306-975-3193. An inspector will investigate reports of residents pushing leaves onto the street and may issue a Bylaw Notice. 

Compost your leaves and yard waste

  • Leaves and Grass subscribers may place loose (un-bagged) yard waste and leaves in their Green Cart.
  • Any Saskatoon resident can take leaves and yard waste to one of the free City compost depots.
  • If composting is not an option, please place bagged leaves in your black cart.

Healthy Yards

Leaves can be a great benefit to pollinating species and your lawn. They can break down into organic matter that helps keep your lawn healthy, and they provide shelter to a variety of beneficial insects to overwinter. They can also be used as a natural mulch at the base of trees and shrubs. Some residents pass over the leaves with a lawnmower to break them down faster and use as compost. Just be sure to clean up leaves on your sidewalk or boulevard, as these can wash into storm drains and clog them. For more info, visit healthyyards.ca/resources.

Fall street sweeping

Some intersections and streets are more prone to flooding during spring melt than others, for a variety of reasons including elevation or condition of infrastructure.

Street sweeping will occur through older neighbourhoods most at risk for spring flooding where the heavy tree canopies produce excessive leaves on the ground that can block the catch basins and/or prevent the streets from drying in the spring.

Extra leaves on the road can delay the sweepers.  Sweepers might have to skip a street if excessive leaves begin to delay the schedule.