It's nature's way and it is beautiful. The leaves fall, blanketing the ground, replenishing nutrients to the ever evolving life we take for granted, that below the surface; the ecosystem that feeds us, warms us, cools us and on which we depend for our own lives. So why do some people vacuum up those leaves and wrap them in plastic to be hauled away to a prison for plastic and old mattresses?
Raked into a pile or left on the ground, nature will make nature's gold. It is black beautiful and valuable.