NWF: 5 reasons why you shouldn’t rake your yard


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.

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