The leaves of the garden – Ecocosas

The human being, in his desire for superiority, decided at some point that dry leaves were something ugly, then someone else saw the possibilities of that, wheelbarrows, garden brooms and even electric and gas-powered leaf blowers.

The human being, in his desire for superiority, decided at some point that dry leaves were something ugly, then someone else saw the possibilities of that, wheelbarrows, garden brooms and even electric and gas-powered leaf blowers.

Unable to see the beauty and life these leaves hold, today millions of people pick up and throw away these leaves.

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Today it is already a strongly established and normal custom, there are even people who, in order not to have the trouble of picking them up, simply gather them and burn them, emitting a good amount of CO₂ to the atmosphere.

The problem is that no one thought that this nasty habit of trees throwing their leaves to the ground, which has been going on for millions of years, is important and plays a small role in what we call an ecosystem.

It turns out that the leaves that the tree gives to the ground have several functions, they serve as shelter and food for many other species, including mariposa, salamanders, squirrels, turtles, toadsshrews, earthworms Yes others creatures live, they lay eggs Yes to eat leaves.The trees themselves feed on the decay of the leaves and what is generated by all these beings that live on the leaves. That is why in the United States the National Federation for Wildlife encourages people who, for the good of the environment and the already beaten butterflies, do not remove the leaves that fall in our gardens for a reason.

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It’s time to realize that we are not smarter than nature, it created us and was long before us and will be long after us. If for selfish reasons you don’t tolerate seeing the leaves, at least compost them instead of burning them or increase the already full sanitary landfills of many cities.

7 reasons to leave leaves in your garden

  1. It’s not natural. Leaves are meant to stay where they fall for all the reasons described below. “A layer of leaves several centimeters thick is a natural thing in any place where trees grow naturally.” The leaf layer is its own mini ecosystem.
  2. Wildlife habitat. Many species of wildlife live or depend on the leaf layer for shelter and food, including salamanders, squirrels, box turtles, toads, shrews, earthworms and many species of ‘insects.
  3. Along with the leaves, you discard the pupae of butterflies and moths attached to them. Not only will you not have beautiful butterflies in your garden in the spring, but you will also not have many birds, which depend on caterpillars to feed their young.
  4. Free compost and mulch. For gardeners, dead leaves offer a double benefit. They form a natural mulch that helps kill weeds and maintain moisture in the soil.

Also, as they break down, they add nutrients to the soil. Why spend money on mulch and fertilizer when the trees do it for you?

  1. Reduce waste. Throwing the leaves away in plastic bags is a huge waste. Yard waste accounts for about 13% of solid waste (33 million tons per year) in landfills, where the leaves rot and release carbon into the air instead of the soil.
  2. Reduce the pollution. Gasoline blowers and the trucks that transport them pollute. So is artificial fertilizer runoff, which contributes to the largest “dead zone” on Earth in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no runoff from foliar fertilizers.
  3. 7. Save time and money. You already have enough work, why add another counter-productive task?

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