And all that wonderful gold is falling from the trees, just as Mother Nature intended, to protect the ground and plantings from winter ice and to make amazing soil for Spring growth.
I ask the yard crew to never remove a leaf from the property. We have 2 wooded acres meaning we have plenty of leaves! The mower/mulcher chops up the leaves and grass which is then dumped into areas on the side yard from where I disburse it to all of my garden areas. Mulching the leaves, rather than keeping them whole, allows them to break down much faster into soil.
My plantings from the past season are well protected by this mulch and, in the Spring, I have tons of amazing black soil for new plantings. Black gold!
Keeping and using your own leaves is quite the time and money saver. Why have someone haul all this natural beauty away only to pay for compost in the Spring? Be grateful for every single leaf that falls in your yard and let nature recycle her own!