The Earth’s leaves are an exceedingly vital part of our ecosystem. A carpet of fallen leaves, and it’s decompostion, creates the essential nitrogen Earth needs to survive and function properly. And, nitrogen can spend its life in 3 ways: release as a greenhouse gas into the Earth’s atmosphere; dissolve into the water systems as the form nitrate or be fed to plants. By leaving the leaf right where it falls, you can aid in the process of feeding the soil underneath it. Allowing your leaves to decompose on your landscape is good for the landscape. And, if you must rake them, feeding them into your compost heap is a fantastic way to provide the brown layer that is necessary for your pile’s good health. (Brown layers are leaves and yard trimmings – Green layers generally come from your kitchen….even coffee grounds are Green) So, let’s all hold hands and get rid of the leaf blowers. Gasoline doesn’t belong in Nature. Come on! You want the exercise, anyway. And, speaking of Brown, these photographs are by the Nature/Garden Photographer Kenneth Brown. He lives in Vermont and these pretty selects are from his book called The Soul Of Vermont.