Here’s the thing: We have been trained to clean up “yard waste.”
But if we let it lie, or collect it into a pile, then the decomposers can do their work.
Decomposers include insects and millipedes.
That means … Bird food!!
Catbirds, mockingbirds and brown thrashers (to name a few) spend a good deal of their time foraging for insects that eat yard waste.
Bird populations are down … due largely to the decline of the all important insects that they need to eat.
The moral of the story is this: let some of your dead plants and leaf litter lie.
And if you must clean it up, save space for a compost pile, a brush pile and/or a leaf pile.
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