LEAVE THE LEAVES: - Blog - 94.9 The Wave
October 18, 2021 | by: jeffromard


If you had raking and bagging leaves on your weekend to-do list and didn’t quite get around to it, don’t feel guilty. Experts say doing so can be bad for your yard – and for the planet. David Mizejewski, a naturalist at the National Wildlife Federation, says that leaving at least some of the leaves in your yard can help fertilize your grass and other plants, provide shelter for animals and even reduce emissions from landfills. How? First off, leaves fall around the root zone of plants, where they do things like suppress weeds or other plants from growing. They also fertilize them in the spring as they compost. Leaves also provide shelter and sustenance for creatures such as earthworms and pillbugs all they way up the food chain to salamanders, toads, box turtles, shrews and chipmunks, plus caterpillars, which provide food for birds. And why should we keep leaves out of landfills? A huge volume of leaves can break down and form methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. So, keep them in your yard for a greener planet…and a greener lawn!