LEAVE THE LEAVES!
You don’t have to ask me twice!
The Nature Conservancy of Canada has some good news for those of us who just can’t seem to get excited about the back-breaking job of raking leaves:
Just don’t do it.
There are three major benefits to leaving the leaves right where they fall:
• It helps biodiversity: There are many native insects and even some small critters such as frogs and toads that hibernate under the leaves during winter.
• Leaves are a food source for birds: Birds such as robins often flip leaves over to look for insects to eat.
• It’s good for your lawn: Leaves provide a natural mulch when they break down, which fosters soil development. While large piles of leaves can impact the growth of grass and other plants, a thin layer of leaves can help maintain the health gardens and lawns.
You’re welcome – Jamie