Autumn leaves are nature's own soil improver, recycling nutrients and adding the humus that plants need to thrive. Fallen leaves in autumn are a valuable resource in the garden - they can be composted, gathered under hedges as shelter for wildlife, or turned into leaf mould.
Find out how to collect autumn leaves.
Fibrous, moisture-retentive and free-draining, leaf mould is useful in potting composts and for mulching around border plants. Watch our video on making leaf mould.
It's best to mix leaves of a similar type together, so that they rot down at the same speed.
Read our advice on the different types of autumn leaves and how best to use them, below.