I wanted to blog about what to do with your leaves in the fall and even spring cleanups. Large shade trees with deep root systems bring up minerals and nutrients from deep below the surface. Fall time, spent leaves deposits these nutrients and minerals back down to the surface. Decomposition releases these nutrients and minerals back to the plants. These leaves also add organic materials to the soil thus adding humus to the soil, which feed the micro-organizms, earthworms etc, thereby adding more to the soil structure, by building it up. Composted cow manure, blood meal and similar products will ad additional nitrogen to the mix for plants that require higher amounts of N.
The moral of the story is to shred those leaves, don’t bag them up. Compost them down and feed your gardens.