Having rich soil is essential in vegetable and flower gardens. I started composting several years ago. I have 2 compost bins that I use for kitchen scraps, yard cuttings, grass etc. The compost bins weren’t breaking down fast enough for me, so I started composting my neighbor’s leaves. I’m not sure that I will return to the compost bins after seeing the results of the composted leaves. I love how the leaves break down. They’re easier to compost and they don’t require any work unlike the compost bins.
Just leave them in lawn bags and let them do their thing. My neighbor brings me 15 – 20 bags each fall. I use them to mulch the garden in the fall to keep the weeds down in the spring until I’m ready to till. The top picture is a bag that I use around my garden plants as mulch. This year I created paths in the garden to keep the weeds down with them. Normally I use straw, but I didn’t purchase any this year so I had to use my leaves.