Leave Those Leaves! (from Janet)
Fall has arrived—which means leaves are changing color and beginning to fall to the ground.
Did you know that leaving the leaves in your yard or garden not only saves you time and energy but also benefits wildlife?
Here are a few good reasons to put down the rake:
- Provide habitat for wildlife: frogs, turtles and salamanders rely on fallen leaves to provide cover and hibernation places; many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring
- Provide food for wildlife: creatures like earthworms and millipedes reside in and decompose leaf litter, and also are themselves a source of food for bigger wildlife like birds and toads
- Increase fertility of your soil: as the leaves decompose, nutrients are added to your soil, and also allows for greater water retention
So, the next time you would rather be doing something else than raking leaves – you’re in luck! Remember there are GOOD reasons not to rake, and forgo your raking in favor of doing something more fun this Fall. You’ll be doing wildlife, and yourself, a favor!
- Think twice about cutting back all your bushes and branches before the cold weather hits. Wildlife NEED protection from the wintry elements as well as their natural predators. Protection from the winter weather is hard to come by, so make it easier on ALL wildlife and curb the urge to cut and trim everything on your property.
- Don’t toss your fallen pine cones! Go HERE to find out why!