There are two ways of looking at everything--even our famous New England autumn leaf bonanza. We can view it as a big, boring yard job--or as a free source of soil fertility for the coming year. Leaves are also important habitat for overwintering insects. Leaf piles provide food for overwintering birds.
There are five ways, by my count, to capture the value of leaves. See "Put Leaf Mulch to Work." If you're having trouble with the link, please download the file below.