What should we do with all of those leaves once they’ve fallen? There are plenty of ways to put them to good use so they aren’t just dumped into a garbage bag and sent to the landfill.
Don't rake them, mow them. One of the easiest ways to deal with leaves on your lawn is to put them to work feeding the soil. A thick layer of leaves can pack down and smother your grass. Before they’re weighed down and soggy with snow, just mow the leaves! Even if it takes a couple of passes with the mower, well-shredded leaves are a great way and an easy way to feed the microorganisms that feed your soil that feeds your grass.
Put the leaves to work on your garden beds. Fully-decomposed compost can be added in the spring, but materials that haven’t decomposed, like our autumn leaves, are best added now. That will give them several months to decay so they’re completely broken down and don’t “rob” nutrients from our plants when we start a new garden next spring.