Well, the true story is that they are both…I have been known to travel miles so I can see the Fall show of the leaves changing color, as where I live in California the display isn’t really over the top.
Then there is the display of the fallen leaves in your yards and the chore of raking them into a pile and disposing of them. The truth of this is maybe that isn’t something we need to do, as there are healthy benefits to leave them on the ground. Those leaves have flavonoids and carotenoids in them, that is what creates the brilliant colors to show.
Leave leaves on the ground — they have a lot of benefit to wildlife and your garden. Here are some of those benefits:
Leaves provide a habitat for small animals so they can build nests and protection for the winter months.
Leaves are a natural part of any ecosystem.
Throwing away leaves is very wasteful, don’t let your leaves be wasted, they have critical benefits to wildlife and your garden.
Leaving leaves alone and letting them naturally decompose adds nutrients to the soil. Leaves also increase the soil’s water retention.
You do not have to ditch the rake completely; you can use it to move leaves onto your flower beds or a compost or leaf mold pile. Leaves are great for any compost pile and are perfect for the garden. Also, leaves in a compost stay out of a landfill.
So honor those beautiful fallen leaves and recycle them into another round of life, just in a different form which will benefit all the small creatures and your yard for next season. Happy Fall and bless those wonderful fall colors.