By: Jon Corrigan

Yep, you read that correctly. Let the fall foliage pile up.

And actually, according to the National Wildlife Federation, you shouldn’t rake your leaves at all.

“Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefiticon1 3 Reasons Why You Shouldnt Rake Your Leaves this Fall to wildlife and your garden.”

Here are three reasons why:

1. Beds of leaves provide shelter (and in some cases foodicon1 3 Reasons Why You Shouldnt Rake Your Leaves this Fall) for animals like chipmunks, box turtles and earthworms

2. Butterfly pupae use the piled up leaves for protectionicon1 3 Reasons Why You Shouldnt Rake Your Leaves this Fall as they grow during the chilly months (and who doesn’t love butterflies – am I right?)

3. As the leaves decompose, they form a natural mulch which will fertilize the soil

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