All those pretty leaves we see in the autumn are filled with anthocyanins, a few flavonoids, and the remnants of carotenoids that provide most of their brilliant colors. Yet they can quickly become a headache when they fall to the ground. No one enjoys the back breaking work of raking them into a big pile, stuffing them into a trash bag, and throwing them away.
Stop! You don’t need to do all that. It is actually better for the lawn and the environment to leave leaves where they are.
According to the National Wildlife Foundation, “You shouldn’t feel obligated to rake up every last leaf in your yard this fall. Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden.”
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