All of those pretty red leaves don't add up to much when you want to mulch all of the planting beds on our half acre property.
So Tom gets more. The man who inspects and flushes out our sprinkler system Spring and Fall has a yard service company. His crew collects truck loads of leaves from the properties they service. They have to pay to dump them at the compost recycling plant, so they are happy to dump a couple of loads free in our driveway.
The leaves have been semi-shredded by the vacuum system that collects them. Tom will let them "age" for a couple of weeks, and then haul and spread them around the yard.
With a fresh layer of leaf mulch, the garden will be bedded down for the winter. The mulch will keep down weeds, protect the soil from rain compaction, and the worms will go crazy digesting them and working them into the soil.