Last fall I didn't buy my straw or salt marsh hay as usual. I usually buy a few bales to mulch my paths in the spring. Instead I made a container of chopped leaves to put in the paths come spring. I've never done it like this before, but it seems like a good solution. The leaves are free and local. The leave will add to the soil over time. The downside I saw was that it was a lot of work to chop all the leaves up with the lawn mower.
So Thursday I finally got the time to mulch the paths. Now I see another downside. I loved the look of the straw, but I don't like the look of the leaves nearly as much. I know they will mat down over time, but it looks messy to me. What do you think?