Here’s the scoop: do not rake your leaves if you can help it. Fallen leaves are part of a natural process that returns nutrients back into the soil. Many critters, including important pollinators like butterflies and moths, will use leaves as a “blanket” to add an extra layer of protection during their winter diapause hibernation. Fireflies specifically require decomposing leaves in order to survive. If you are interested in having a spectacular nighttime show next summer, consider leaving your leaves this fall!