GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)— Landowners, listen up: there’s a new excuse to leave the leaves as they are.
The National Wildlife Federation recommends property owners put down their rakes for the sake of nature. Here’s why:
- It reduces landfill waste. The NWF says leaves and yard debris account for 33 million tons of the nation’s solid waste, which leads to more greenhouse gases
- It helps the soil. Leaves serve as a natural mulch, suppressing weeds while restoring soil nutrients.
- It protects wildlife. A variety of critters rely on leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material, including caterpillars, birds and reptiles.
- It saves time. Who really wants to spend hours upon hours raking?
- It saves money. You don’t need to pay for yard waste bags.