Leave the leaves? I think not.

Left here, these leaves are a nuisance now that will be just as much of a nuisance in the spring. It’s the bad gardening advice that will not die. Why? Because it sounds so great, so freeing, so right. What? I don’t have to rake anymore? I can leave the leaves that fell all over my lawn and flower beds exactly where they are? What’s wrong with that? That’s awesome! Actually, this is fine forest management advice. On the forest floor, leaves drop and gradually decay, the operative word being gradually. Nobody rakes them or has to. In urban and suburban neighborhoods, it’s not quite the same. For example, on my street, the area in front of my house, including the sidewalk and neighboring driveways, is now inches deep in thick Norway maple leaves (with some other maples mixed in). We have dense tree cover for a city street. The leaves on the hardscaping are not going to do anything except maybe end up in the storm drains, where they’ll clog things up and add some extra algal content to o..
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Leave the leaves? I think not.  by  Elizabeth Licata

Left here, these leaves are a nuisance now that will be just as much of a nuisance in the spring. It’s the bad gardening advice that will not die. Why? Because it sounds so great, so freeing, so right. What? I don’t have to rake anymore? I can leave the leaves that fell all over my lawn and flower beds exactly where they are? What’s wrong with that? That’s awesome! Actually, this is fine forest management advice. On the forest floor, leaves drop and gradually decay, the operative word being gradually. Nobody rakes them or has to. In urban and suburban neighborhoods, it’s not quite the same. For example, on my street, the area in front of my house, including the sidewalk and neighboring driveways, is now inches deep in thick Norway maple leaves (with some other maples mixed in). We have dense tree cover for a city street. The leaves on the hardscaping are not going to do anything except maybe end up in the storm drains, where they’ll clog things up and add some extra algal content to o..
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