It’s time for fall clean-ups again and you’ve got your rakes and bags ready to go. The leaves have dropped and you start the process. You get the leaves off the lawn but what about the beds? We traditionally would remove those leaves in the beds, but with new information/observations comes better practices. What if instead of removing all the leaves from the beds, we left some there? Why would we do that?
The answer is: to keep some habitat for small critters and birds that overwinter here in Minnesota. Leaving some leaves and seeded plants gives a winter food source for animals, as well as a potential resting place. So before you bag all your leaves this fall, take some time to decide if you want to leave a little for the birds and the winter critters.