Planning on Raking This Weekend? Why You Should Leave the Leaves Alone
You may be planning on raking up all of those leaves on your lawn this weekend. Before you spend hours breaking your back, here are a few reasons why you shouldn't rake at all. Not only will your lawn look colorful, but you will also help the environment while you relax.
What Benefit Does Not Raking Actually Do?
For one thing, leaves act as shelter for small animals and insects. The blanket of leaves allows butterflies, insects, chipmunks, earthworms, box turtles, and chipmunks to be safe and warm during the fall.
If I Don't Rake The Leaves Won't it Damage My Lawn?
Actually, it will help your lawn come spring. It will also save you money in the long run if you don't rake your lawn this fall. When the leaves decompose they put nutrients back into the soil. These nutrients will make your lawn more healthy and when it comes time to fertilize in the spring, you will need a lot less. This will save you money next year. Also, the leaves will cover plant roots, keep your soil moist, and keep those weeds from growing.
Not Raking All of The Leaves Actually Helps the Environment
When you rake your leaves and bag them they are brought to the landfill. In 2018, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, ten thousand tons of yard waste went into landfills which causes greenhouse gases. Methane gas occurs when trimmings combine with organic waste in landfills. These gasses are potent and hurt the environment.
You Can Still Rake Into Small Piles
You can do a few things that will help your yard and also make it look good. You can compost the leaves by creating a pile in the corner of your yard or rating them into your flower beds to create a natural mulch.
If you are asked to rake the leaves this weekend, just let them know that it's better if you don't. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fall weather and all its beauty.
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