At this point, there might be more leaves on the ground than in the trees. A leaf-swept lawn can drive a yard-enthusiast bonkers or even bananas, but don't be driven silly by the scarlet and amber crush of autumn leaves. You can reuse those leaves to nourish the supple blades of springtime grass. Here's how!

What You'll Need

- Rake

- An Electric Leaf Shredder

- Shovel

- Mulch Bin

Step One: Rake the leaves into a pile.

Step Two: Get out your trusty electric leaf shredder. Don't have one? Well, you don't need one. The leaves just need to be thoroughly broken up. You can go over them with a push lawn mower or you can chop them apart with a shovel, but a rechargeable, battery-powered leaf shredder is the fastest way. Scoop up the leaves with the shovel and put them in the shredder.

Step Three: Get your mulching bin or bins. These bins should be sizable enough to house all your leaf fragments. Shovel the leaf fragments into your mulch bin. Make sure that your mulching bin has a secure seal, so you can keep the leaves dry. Mulch is not compost. With mulch, you want to stop the leaves from decomposing. Mulch's function is to insulate the soil and to prevent the evaporation of water. It also stops weeds from growing where they shouldn't. When the layer of mulch finally does rots, it becomes compost and nourishes the plants. But initially, you need your mulch dry.

Step Four Once winter is over and spring has sprung, open your mulch bin. Shovel the dried leaf fragments onto the ground. Using a rake, spread a thin layer of mulch around your garden. Viola! You've reused your leaves.