Don’t Rake!

Anyone who’s ever been to my house knows that yard work is not high on our priority list. We like to go for the “au naturel” look. And we succeed marvelously. Luckily, we live in an area where that’s okay. Perhaps that’s why we live where we do. Anyway, I read an article earlier this week that slashed any guilt (there wasn’t much to begin with) I might have had about our lack of fall clean-up. The article, “To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work,” was published by Audubon. I’m happy to help birds!

My distaste for yard work aside, I’d always known on some level that much of the organic material did need to stay in place so the seeds could work their way into the ground and to replenish the soil. But I’d never thought about the birds and the bugs. Of course all of that stuff is good for them! Decomposing leaves, flowers, grasses, and the like all provide food and shelter throughout the winter. So, I’ll sweep the walkways, and trim and tidy a bit here and there. That’ll take an hour. After that, I’ll sit back and enjoy the fruits of my (lack of) labor all winter.