Why? Kit Gage, FOSC Advocacy Director, explained why during a Nov 18 online presentation co-sponsored by FOSC and the Takoma Horticultural Club: to enrich the soil, and give butterflies and other insects, small mammals, toads, salamanders, and other critters a place to overwinter.
-Best: Leave some leaves on your lawn and let them blow into your garden beds, where they will decompose over the winter, enriching your soil far better than a bag of mulch. Push the excess into a corner of your yard. Your plants, and the critters thank you too.
-Shred your leaves with your mower and leave them on your lawn and in your garden beds. Really.
-Use a vacuum blower/shredder to collect and shred excess leaves, and a bin to keep them handy for adding to your compost bin.