'It's good news:' Nature group tells Canadians not to rake their lawns

Good news for the lazy: Canada's leading conservation group is asking people not to rake their lawn.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada says leaving the leaves is the environmentally friendly thing to do.

Spokesman Andrew Holland says leaves provide a habitat for many small creatures to survive the winter.

Holland says if you're worried about smothering the lawn or having clogged gutters, the leaves can be tucked under bushes to act as mulch.

Lawn care company, Scott's Canada, recommends using a lawn mower to mulch leaves into tiny pieces on your lawn and applying a fall fertilizer that's rich in nitrogen.

But for those who do like the look of a well-raked lawn, many cities across the country collect and compost leaves for use in gardens and flower beds.