Quick Questions: Leave the Leaves

In my geographical area, and many others, a few things happen every fall: The leaves fall off the trees, we clean them up, the town collects them, and we are told that we’ve done a bad thing. I’m talking about the annual “Leave the Leaves” campaigns run by the Nation Wildlife Federation and The Audubon Society and other similar groups. I happen to agree with the “Leave the Leaves” folks. Their arguments make complete sense to me. But I’m at the mercy of my town’s collection schedule. If I don’t clean in the fall, my yard will never get cleaned. What if all the towns changed the schedule? If leaf pickup happened in April instead of November, we’d have the best of both worlds. Am I missing something?

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