Fall is an excellent time to help wildlife, big and small, prepare for the harsh winter months. While raking the leaves may make your yard look pristine, think twice and leave a few piles to help wildlife. As leaf piles decay, they become a much-needed resource for birds, reptiles and amphibians. Insects and other food sources hide in these leaves, and the larger animals scavenge inside the piles for nourishment. One more reason to leave leaves unraked: As they decay, they add nourishment to your soil.
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