Leaves left on your lawn can smother the grass. Using a mulching mower is a good idea, but some yards have too many leaves to make that practical. Then you have to rake.
To help with disposal, cities offer special "no-sticker" weeks as well as other services, such as vacuuming in Moline and free bags in Rock Island and East Moline.
Rock Island will begin free pickup the week of Oct. 9, and continuing through Dec. 9. Davenport, Bettendorf and Moline will begin free pickup the week of Oct. 16, continuing through Nov. 25, Dec. 1 and Dec.15, respectively. East Moline will provide free pickup on one's regular garbage day from Nov. 1-30. Moline also will provide vacuuming Oct. 16-Dec. 8.
Complete city-by-city details will be in next week's Home & Garden section.