Leaf Collection

Leaf Collection Update 12/2/16:

Leaf collection crews are hard at work finishing up for the season. They are continuing pickup in the Southeast and Northwest quadrants and are expecting to complete the quadrants by the middle of next week, weather permitting. Thank you for your patience as we continue final leaf collection for 2016.

If the City has already collected leaves on your street during the last rounds and you still have leaves, please call your trash hauler to arrange for pick up. Please do not take leaves to the recycling areas in Hudson. Leaves are not accepted in these areas

2016 Leaf Collection Schedule

The annual Leaf Collection Program is conducted during a six-week period beginning October 24, 2016. The following table provides an overview of the pickup weeks. Additionally, the attached map shows the scheduled pickup weeks and the streets/quadrants in the City.

Quadrant Pick-Up Weeks
Week of October 24, November 7, November 21
Southeast Week of October 31, November 14, November 28
Southwest Week of October 24, November 7, November 21
Northwest Week of October 31, November 14, November 28

Primary Roads

Route 303 and Route 91 are primary roads in Hudson.  Leaves are picked-up on both sides of the roads in each quadrants as designated below:

Northwest Quadrant - Both sides of North Main street and Darrow Rd. (north)
Northeast Quadrant - None
Southeast Quadrant - Both sided of East Streetsboro street.
Southwest Quadrant - Both sides of West Streetsboro and South Main street and Darrow Rd. (south)
2016 Leaf Pickup Program Map
Leaf Collection trucks may collect leaves before the scheduled dates listed above. Do not be alarmed. Schedules will be maintained for the Quadrants as listed above during the Leaf Collection Program.

Private Streets/Private Condominium Developments

Due to the size of the leaf collection equipment and the potential to damage private property, the City’s leaf collection program will pick up leaves ONLY along the City’s publicly maintained streets. Therefore, residents living on private streets or within private condominium developments will need to place their leaves along the tree lawn area of the public street closest to their private street entrance. 

Program Details

To coordinate a timely and efficient City-wide leaf collection program, the community has been divided into quadrants (northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest) as shown on map. Each quadrant will receive leaf pickup services three times during the six-week program. 


To participate in this program, residents are required rake their leaves to the edge of the street prior to the scheduled pickup week. Residents must place their leaves near the street edge no later than 7:00 am on the Monday of their scheduled pickup week. Due to the volume of leaves and the logistics of collecting leaves along every street in the scheduled quadrant, the leaves will be picked up between Monday and Sunday of the scheduled week.  Due to weather and amount of fallen leaves, the collection day during the scheduled week cannot be determined.  Please be patient and do not contact the Hudson Public Works Department concerning missed leaf pickup unless your leaves have not been picked up during your scheduled leaf pickup week.
Please follow these guidelines to ensure leaf pickup services may continue to operate quickly, safely, and efficiently:

  • DO place leaves in the tree lawn area - parallel to the street. (Please refer to video or pictures below for proper placement.)
  • DO remove temporary/portable basketball hoops off of the street and away from the curb or edge of the pavement. These items protrude into the path of the leaf vacuum machines and will cause damage to the machine and the basketball hoop system. The City will not be responsible for any damage caused to the basketball hoop system.

Proper placement of leaves

Green Check of Proper placement 2
Green Check of Proper placement 1
A Yellow Card may be placed on the mailbox or front door due to no pick-up for the following Don'ts:

  • DON’T place leaves in the street or in the curb/gutter area. Placing leaves in the street will obstruct the flow of storm water runoff during rain events AND cause street flooding. Leaves placed in the street WILL NOT be collected until they have been placed behind the curb or edge of pavement.
  • DON’T place leaves on the edge of the street after the City crews have gone by. If you do, your leaves will not be picked up until the next scheduled pickup date.
  • DON’T place leaves in the storm water ditch. If you have a storm water ditch in your front or side yard, place the leaves as close as you can to the street edge.
  • DON’T INCLUDE ANY DEBRIS SUCH AS GARDEN MATERIALS, BRUSH, TREE BRANCHES AND TWIGS, GRASS CLIPPINGS, CANS, PAPER, BOTTLES, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, ETC . These foreign materials cause damage to equipment and cause injury to the leaf collection personnel. Leaf piles that do have any of these materials mixed in with leaves WILL NOT be collected.
  • DON’T place leaves on the street edge earlier than the weekend of your scheduled pickup week.
  • DON’T place leaves behind obstacles such as: parked vehicles, trees, mailboxes, fire hydrants, streetlights, etc.
  • DON’T park your vehicle on the street during your scheduled week for leaf pickup.
Red X of Improper placement 1
Red X of Improper placement 2

Leaf Mulching

Your lawnmower can do double-duty as a leaf mulcher as well. Mower blades can easily shred whole leaves into small pieces, approximately one-tenth of their original size. Your huge bounty of leaves will disappear into a thin layer of small particles which are easily digested by worms, bacteria and other tiny soil organisms. In fact, a healthy earthworm population is capable of dragging a one-inch layer of organic matter down into their underground burrows in just a few months. Unseen by human eyes, they are diligently loosening and enriching your soil, and feeding the roots of your lawn for free.

Begin the work of leaf-mulching by setting the mower to a normal three-inch height. Remove bagging attachments and block off the chute on a rear-discharge machine. Run your mower over the lawn while walking slowly, giving the mower blades plenty of time to shred up the leaves. Please note that mower-mulching works best when leaves are relatively dry and are no more than one inch deep, so try to start the process when leaves are just starting to fall.

If your mower has a side discharge chute, you will probably want to begin on the outside perimeter of your lawn, blowing your chopped leaves onto unmowed areas, and continue mowing inward. This will keep the leaf particles on the lawn and even allow your mower to mow over them a few more times. If your first pass over the lawn has left a significant quantity of whole leaves, go back over the leaves while mowing at a right angle to the first cut. Leaves take more work than grass, especially if they are somewhat damp.

To learn other ways to naturally maintain a healthy yard, please read, "Leave Autumn Leaves on your Yard for Healthy Yard and Clean Water" from Summit Soil and Water Conservation District (SSWCD)

Landscape Repair Policy


The City does not repair or replace landscaped areas or lawns damaged by leaves that are placed on the tree lawn or berm area by the property owner or landscaper working for the property owner during the annual leaf pickup program.

During the course of the leaf removal operations, a City truck or leaf vacuum unit may get off the edge of the pavement such that a tire may cause minor damage to the area adjacent to the pavement edge. This area, traditionally known as the berm area, gets rutted by many vehicles such as school buses, cars, mail trucks, and delivery trucks. For that reason, the City does not accept responsibility for incidental damages of the berm area. In general, the berm is directly adjacent to the edge of the roadway, approximately 3 feet to 6 feet wide.

However, should a City truck or leaf vacuum unit cause severe damage to a lawn or a landscaped area beyond the berm area, the city will repair/replace the affected area to the condition it was prior to the damage. The City inspector will be the sole judge of defining severe damage. The repair work for damaged areas will commence as weather permits the following year.

Reporting a Damage Claim

Please report severe lawn damage beyond the normal berm area as soon as possible using our City's website. Look for "Report it." on this page of the City's homepage.  Click on "Leaf Concerns" or call the Public Works Department at (330) 342-1750 and provide the following information: name, address, phone number, location of damage, and incident date regarding the damage. All damage claims must be reported by January 1. Claims received after this date may not be processed.

  • Once a claim is reported, a representative from the Public Works Department will visit the site to verify the claim. If the claim is valid as determined by the City inspector's report, then the work will be completed in the spring. If the claim is not valid, the work will not be completed by the City. In either case, the claimant will be notified as to the status of their claim.
  • The restoration work for all valid damage claims will be done as weather permits between April 1st and July 1st.