Do nothing—well, almost nothing. While lawns may resent a smothering of leaves over winter,
nearly every other place in the garden loves them. Rake the leaves over a perennial bed and
around shrubs and trees.
Perennials will especially find them comforting as the leaves' insulating qualities lessen
chances of frost heaving the soil. Perennial roots may be shallow and heave up during frost and
thaw cycles, leaving them vulnerable to drying winter winds.