Depending on who you ask, raking leaves can be a sign of the season or a tiresome chore.
But you may not have to worry about it regardless of where you land on the matter, according to a conservation group up north.
According to the nonprofit organization, leaving your leaves on the lawn could help improve the biodiversity of your yard.
Leaves lend a natural habitat for insects seeking shelter or a place to hibernate as the weather gets cold, says Jessica Panetta, spokesperson for the Conservancy.
“By having those insects underneath those leaves and in your garden it’s a chance for you to reconnect with nature and see those birds and butterflies,” Panetta explained.
Panetta says the leaf piles can pay off long term too, helping people with yards reconnect to nature in the spring when birds are on the prowl insects to snack on.
“By having those insects underneath those leaves and in your garden it’s a chance for you to reconnect with nature and see those birds and butterflies,” she said.
If you’re worried about the aesthetics, Panetta says you don’t need to go all in to reap the benefits, suggesting you keep the front yard tidy while letting the leaves fall where they may in the back.
She also suggests getting more deliberate with your landscaping by bunching fallen around tree roots and flower beds.
“It will still provide the same benefits, but at the same time, keeping your lawn tidy,” Panetta said.
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