The problem with this is that you need to remove the leaves as soon as
the bulbs begin to sprout. Leaves make wonderful insulation. My
father grew roses in Cleveland Ohio and used leaves to protect the
plants from winter freezing.
It seems like this approach doesn't save much labor. Why not compost the
season and use them for insulation the next. The advantage is that by leaving
compost in place, you are amending the soil and gaining an advantage from the
I think the compost is a more efficient insulator than dry unchopped leaves.
be a case for using leaves to bury fig trees, since that would take a huge
amount of compost,
but spreading compost on the garden and around trees makes a lot of sense.
My experience with leaves (like maple) is that they tend to mat up if not
do not compost well, even after sitting in a pile for a year.
I also agree with the comment on nitrogen being removed during the composting
so I would not put unprocessed leaves on the garden, just for that reason
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