The nights are drawing in, the days are getting shorter and your lawn suddenly disappears under a sea of leaves.
Now raking leaves up can be invigorating excersise, or it can be boring and never ending at this time of year, - but it might cheer you up to know that all your hard work can be worth it, if you turn your leaves into leaf mulch.
2 years ago, I encouraged (ok, maybe bullied is closer to the truth) several of my clients to start leaf bins. - The results are now in.
To make really good mulch, you need 3 ingredients
1) Wet Leaves, - if you add them dry, then you need rain to be able to get to them to help them to rot down
2) Air, - either open sides, and open top or holes in the bags help with this
3) Time - leave it alone for a couple of years and you'll have deep rich crumbly leaf mulch
i'd also suggest you compact the leaves well as you put them in or this happens
there is a very good value leaf bin available through The recycle works But if you don't have a completly flat surface with lots of space, i'd recommend using extra canes as support to make sure the bin doesn't collapse like this one did. - also make sure you put the join in the mesh at the front, so that you can easily get the leaf mould out.
I hope you have fun making your leaf bins, -even if the leaf raking is slightly harder work.