Relax the Raking
Use your leaves as mulch instead of bagging them -they make the protective cover for flowerbeds and shrubs. You can also throw them into your compost for next spring’s fertilizer. Wait until the ground freezes to use your mulch-usually 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) is enough to protect against extreme cold.
NOTE: The only time you can’t compost your leaves is when any of your trees or shrubs have a fungal infection like tar spots (black or yellow spots on the leaves). If your garden has a fungal infection you must rake up all leaves to prevent the infection from spreading.