|It's all in a day's work! Kids could really have fun with this, building forts, except they are a favorite target of many of the male dogs in our neighborhood.|
|If plants needed to hamburgers and French-fries to survive they would need to look like this carnivorous mushroom. Naturally this is completely fictitious! Happy they don't exist, although meat eating plants or carnivorous plants do exist.|
|Maybe difficult to see, but these are pitcher plants hidden under the grass. These plants are carnivorous and capture bugs. I took this picture in June in Newfoundland, Canada.|
In addition to returning the nutrients back to the soil (organically), the leaves in the flower beds provide habitat to the animals in the yard, especially the birds. In my yard, the towhees, fox sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, juncos (in the winter) and the brown thrashers are running around the leaves and are scratching for bugs like chicken. Whatever goes for a lawn in my yard has a lot of mole, vole or maybe even shrew tunnels. I don't know if it is true but they say that chipping your leaves gives you a lot of soil insects, such as grubs, which attracts these critters. Oh well, I rather have this than poisoning my environment. We are harming our planet enough already that I think that all small things help, and we try to keep all poisons and chemical fertilizers out of our yard if we can. I use chemical fertilizers on my bonsais but I use soapy water to fight off any bug infestation in my miniature trees.
We really should try to do our part for the environment even if it is a little bit. A small steps help. Thinking that your use of fertilizers or pesticides do not contribute much to the whole picture is erroneous; damage is cumulative, it all adds up. All those small positive things add up too, and while we may not notice it in our life time, our kids or grand kids surely will. We only have one blue marble to live on.
So let's not bury our leaves in landfills and mine nutrients from property to replenish them with artificial nutrients. However, let's recycle, compost and reuse them.