Some look at a yard of leaves and see beauty, others see work. So, here are two tips that might give you an excuse to NOT rake leaves! One, lots of critters use leaves to insulate their home squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and insects. Two, the decaying leaves add nutrients to the ground and benefit plants. Sticks and twigs? Pile them up and you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll have residents. Even if you still have to rake the leaves and pick-up sticks, try leaving a small pile somewhere in the yard for wildlife.