The National Wildlife Federation says that you shouldn’t feel obligated to rake fallen leaves this fall. Where was this advice when I was younger and why didn’t my parent hear about it?
Anyway, fallen leaves are a natural part of the environment and serve several important functions. First, fallen leaves are eaten by wildlife such as turtles, toads, and earthworms. Second, leaves act as a shelter for adolescent moths and butterflies. Both are important pollinators. Third, fallen leaves will compost in your yard, fertilizing it for the spring.
Also raking leaves is a pain. Granted, there is somthing to be said about jumping into leaf piles and or watching adorable animals pounce about in them.
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