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Small animals need leaf piles to survive

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Dennis Poyhonen spent a large part of his day raking leaves at his home in Saginaw.

“Just trying to get all the leaves. Got probably 12 or so bags already and I’m not done,” Poyhonen said.

It’s many hours of hard work, but said it's all worth it.

“For one thing aesthetics, it looks better, and I think it's better for the lawn,” Poyhonen said.

He was even raking the street in front of his house. Something he said, he wished more people would do.

“The gutters will be all plugged if you don't do this. And in the winter the plow comes through here and push it back onto the sidewalk,” Poyhonen said.

But what if you didn't have to spend all that time raking your leaves?

Well, you may not have to.

The National Wildlife Federation says put down that rake, you're tampering with Mother Nature.

They said many animals like salamanders, frogs, and butterflies need those leaves to survive.

“I'll probably still rake. I like to see the green grass,” said Saginaw resident Jimmy Delarosa.

Delarosa said no way will this new information change his, or his neighbors, minds on raking.

“I think people will still rake. They want to keep up their appearances in the neighborhood, i know everybody in this neighborhood does,” Delarosa said.

The city of Saginaw does recommend all residents rake their leaves, so the city can maintain a good appearance.

And Poyhonen agrees. Even though it's hard work, he's more concerned with the way his yard looks, than homes for critters.

“I think there's plenty of leaves, I think a little in my yard won't make any difference,” Poyhonen said.

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