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Leave the Leaves Alone!

Posted by Amy S. on

The National Wildlife Foundation stated “You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every leaf in your yard this fall. Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.” Stop the back-pain work of raking your leaves this fall, leave the leaves where they are.

What are the benefits?

  • Leaves Provide Nutrients for Organisms

     Leaves are a natural part of any ecosystem. “Every resident of the leaf litter—or visitor to it—is connected to the food web in some way,” says Elizabeth Johnson, a program manager at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation.

  • Reduce Waste

     Throwing away leaves is very wasteful. The Environmental Protection Agency reported that in 2011, yard trimmings accounted for 13.5% of solid waste (approximately 33 million tons). Don’t let your leaves be wasted, they have critical benefits to wildlife and your garden.

  • Increase Soil Fertility

     Leaving leaves alone and letting them naturally decompose adds nutrients to the soil. Leaves also increase the soil’s water retention.

  • Reduce Pollution

     Leaf blowers and the trucks used to haul away leaves pollute. Artificial fertilizers also pollute. However, leaves are natural fertilizers that do not pollute and improve the soil.


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