Still, in a quick and easy green gardening world, it is possible to develop a system that is eighty percent nature and twenty percent gardener. Nature is meant to do the work--so let her.
Leave a nice layer of leaves on flower beds and at the base of shrubs as a natural mulch.
Grasses can be left until the spring. They look spectacular after a snowfall.
Take the basket from the mower and mulch leaves into the lawn.
Reduce the pile at the curb and increase the energy in your garden. Nice balance.