Author Christy Peterson has provided us with a good excuse NOT to rake up all the leaves in the yard! Skip the tidying, Christy advises. Left where they fall, leaves and dying vegetation provide habitat for birds. In rethinking fall clean-up, Christy writes,
My little corner of the earth is slipping towards its winter nap. Leaves are falling, flowers fading, and everything is looking just a bit unkempt. (More so than normal anyway – my garden has never quite achieved the opposite of unkempt!) Despite the ragged edges, I won’t be rushing out with clippers and rakes. That’s because the fallen leaves and ragged stems that look untidy to us are gold for backyard wildlife.
Read more at Christy Peterson’s blog, Cultivating Wonder.