Cecil Whig Friday, September 25, 2020 news, advertising • classifieds • Page A10 • • (410) 398-3311 1-800-220-1230 HOME AND GARDEN | IN THE YARD FALL HOME & GARDEN Forget the raking and bagging, this fall, help both wildlife and your back by leaving the leaves where they land. The National Wildlife Federation says that raking up fallen leaves may harm the environment, wildlife and rob your lawn and garden of nutrients. “Leaves form a natural mulch that helps suppress weeds and fertilizes the soil as it breaks down. Why spend money on mulch and fertilizer when you can make your own? Turning leaves into solid waste is, well, wasteful,” said National Wildlife Federation Naturalist David Mizejewski. “Removing leaves also eliminates vital wildlife habitat. Critters ranging from turtles and toads to songbirds, mammals and invertebrates rely on leaf litter for food, shelter and nesting material. Many moth and butterfly caterpillars overwinter in fallen leaves before emerging in spring. Also, sending organic matter such as leaves to the landfill causes the release of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. Best of all, the less time you spend removing leaves, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and the wildlife that visits your garden.” Leaves and yard debris account for 13% of the nation’s solid waste, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or about 33 million tons a year. These tons of organic matter, piled up in the nation’s landfills, lack sufficient oxygen to decompose. Piled up there, yard waste releases the greenhouse gas methane, which also harms the environment. All kinds of animals also use leaf litter as their home. This includes turtles, toads, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians. Furthermore, leaves smother weeds and can fertilize the grass and plants you want to thrive in warmer months. If you can, let leaves break down naturally, exactly where they fall. Pile them into leaf shelters along with branches, sticks and stems to give shelter Quality Handcrafted Furniture & Home Decor Large Selection Of Outdoor Furniture Legionnaire Pest Control Fall Items Arriving Daily! “Where quality is not an Adjective” Bed Bugs Termite Inspections & Control Service Ant, Roach & General Pest Service Bes Sto Serving MD, DE & Southeastern PA • Wind Chimes • Bird Houses • Bird Baths • Decorations • Concrete Lawn Ornaments 410-440-9985 585 Camargo Rd., Quarryville, PA 717-786-9315 HOURS: Mon-Sat 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDA#28879, DDA#1316, PDABU#10262 www.kingshomefurnishings.us CUSTOMER APPRECIATION September 24th-26th FREE Coffee& Donuts All 3 Days! Hillside Acres Nursery 940 Valley Road (Rte. 372), Quarryville,PA (717) 806-0188
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