Fall is in the air in Washington County, and there are oodles and piles of leaves to be raked and blown off yards.
Residents in the majority of cities and villages in the county must find out if their trash service picks up bagged leaves.
Those living in the city of Marietta can simply rake their colorful harvest of autumn leaves to the area between their sidewalk and the curb and leave them there for removal by the city's street department.
Marietta's leaf cleanup is scheduled for a "possible startup the week of Nov. 5," said Todd Stockel, city streets department superintendent.
"We'll start with one crew (and) a second crew will be added at a later date," he said.
Leaves should be placed in the grass, in the area between the sidewalk and the curb, Stockel said.
City of Marietta leaf cleanup
Possible startup of leaf pickup on Marietta streets is the week of Nov. 5.
Residents should not sweep leaves into the streets, as they plug storm drains. Leaves should be raked between the curb and the sidewalk.
"No parking" signs will be placed on streets the day before or the day they are scheduled to be cleaned.
City of Marietta residents can drop off bagged leaves for free at Indian Acres, Lookout Park, Buckeye Park and Greenleaf Landscaping's State Route 821 compost site (stop by Greenleaf Landscaping before going to compost site).
"That keeps parking lanes open and storm drains from being clogged up," he added.
Stockel said crews will place "no parking" signs on streets the day before or the same day that leaves will be picked up.
The process of leaf pickup can be affected by adverse weather conditions.
"Dependent upon the weather, it can take anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks (to complete)," Stockel said.
"It goes much better when it's dry," he added.
In rainy weather, the leaves "get too wet and they're not capable of being vacuumed in the machine. The leaves also don't mulch as well," Stockel said.
City crews will begin this fall's cleanup efforts from Front through 10th Streets, and on the cross streets of Putnam through Montgomery, said Stockel.
He noted that city residents can drop off bagged leaves at no charge at four different locations. Those locations include Indian Acres, Lookout Park, Buckeye Park and Greenleaf Landscaping's State Route 821 compost site (stop by Greenleaf Landscaping before going to compost site).
Free locations are "for bagged leaves only-no limbs, no brush, no plants," said Stockel. "If the locations are being abused, it will be discontinued."
Residents are asked not to put bagged leaves out for city crews to pick up.
Burning leaves is prohibited within city limits. According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, outdoor open burning is prohibited in unincorporated areas in the state from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in March, April, May, October and November.
The city of Belpre does not provide leaf pickup, according to Rhonda Elder, administrative assistant.
"If (residents) bag leaves and put them with the trash, our trash company picks them up," she said.
Residents of the city of Belpre are serviced by J&J Refuse, she added. J&J Refuse can be reached at (800) 201-0005.
The village of Lowell does not provide leaf removal, said village clerk Taten Ayers. "That is handled on a per-resident basis with our local trash company," he said.
Ditto for the villages of Beverly, Lower Salem and Macksburg.
For information on leaf removal for Beverly residents, they can call Big O Refuse, (740) 962-5022.