Posted: 31/10/2015 at 11:32
I'don't think that's quite how it works B-M.
Leaves need a long time to break down - at least one year, and better still, two.
I keep a pair of leaf mould areas, one vbuilding this years heap, and one containing last years. As it becomes ready I either spread it around, or bag it up for future use. It rots down to about an eigth of the original (compressed) pile. That way you have cleared the area ready for next autumn.
It's well worth dong, if you have the space. Good Luck.