Raining Leaves in San Carlos CA

November - it's raining leaves in San Carlos, in Palo Alto,

and up and down the Peninsula.


Did you know that in the Fall, street sweepers collect 240% more debris than during the rest of the year (per the City of Palo alto Public Works Department?)

Simple ways we can help keep our streets clean and keep litter of our our creeks and bay:

  • park you car off the street on your designated street sweeping day
  • keep leaves and yard trimmings off the street - reduce the slip hazard
  • during rainy periods, rake leaves off storm drain grates to prevent flooding
  • put yard trimmings in your green cart - no piles in the street
  • start a compost pile in your yard - good for your garden, good for the environment

Our rainy season is coming, so let's be prepared and take care of the November leaf fall.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547



Peninsula Living Business Page




Comment balloon 14 commentsLottie Kendall • November 12 2013 07:54AM


Our whole street is buried in leaves right now. They seem to have really dropped much faster in the last 2 weeks.  At the rate they're going, the trees will be clear in another couple of weeks.  Love this time of year!

Posted by Bryan Robertson over 6 years ago

Hi Lottie, most of our leaves are long gone by now, but nice tips on cleaning up the leaves.  Pretty when they are still on the trees and a nuisance when they fall to the ground.

Posted by Scott Larson, Park City, Utah Real Estate News (BHHS/Utah Properties) over 6 years ago

Leaves fall at different times in our different areas, don't they Bryan and Scott? Now's the time on the Peninsula and the Silicon Valley.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago


Sweeping and/or blowing leaves in our neighborhood is a weekly if not almost daily effort right now.  As our city neighborhood has its homes close together, it would be good to see all neighbors participate in the cleanup efforts!

Posted by Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green (Coach House Realty) over 6 years ago

Lottie - I had no idea of how much work the fall made for the San Carlos streets.  Great information and tips for home owners in the area!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 6 years ago

Hi Lottie~ The title to your post caught my attention! We just got back from visiting friends and family in New Jersey. We were driving South on the Garden State Parkway on Sunday and that's how it felt...like it was raining leaves!

Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant (HomeSmart Realty Group) over 6 years ago

Andrew, raking leaves used to be a fun pasttime when my girls were little; I'd fill a garbage can, pick each girl up in turns, and they could be the "leave stomper!' They loved it! Now--not so much fun.

Laura, we have a lot of lovely street trees and trees in yards, but this time of year, especially now before the rains come, they do need attention

Raining leaves can be beautiful--but then they need to be raked up, Donna. I'm glad you enjoyed the beauty.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Great tips, Lottie!  As I was driving with buyers today from LA, they just could not get over the 'raining leaves!'  We saw several landscaping teams clearing leaves and I never really thought of the massive amount of them that the city has to clear as well. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 6 years ago

Debe, the leaf fall is beautiful, isn't it?

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie, It is that time of year.  The leaves are everywhere - including the streets of San Francisco.  Leaves were a topic of discussion this past week with my out of town guest. 

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 6 years ago

...and some of the colors are beautiful here as well as in colder climates, isn't that right Kathleen? Ladera area of Portola Valley, Palo Alto and Los Altos come to mind.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

Lottie:  This is great information for homeowners in your area.  In Dallas, we have a lot of native Live Oak trees that lose their leaves in March.  Your post reminded me that I do not see street sweepers in Dallas anymore.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 6 years ago

Sometimes it's a race, Sharon, to get the leaves swept up and away from the storm drains before the rains come.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 6 years ago

I love when I'm driving in the fall, and it's a windy day and it's like it's raining leaves. I just think it's so beautiful!

My association does a clean up of leaves once a year. It's rather annoying waiting until all of the leaves fall for them to clean them up. I'm ever sweeping my patio.

Posted by Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs) over 6 years ago