One thing I like about my house is that we get to enjoy big shade trees in the front yard, but in the back yard there’s plenty of sunny garden space. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. I also think the many oak leaves we get each year make great mulch, and when the leaves fall in winter, I haul them straight back to the garden area, so I have mulch when I need it. I don’t usually think much about the green oak leaves during the summer, but I looked up at our trees in the front yard yesterday and thought, hey, that’s next year’s mulch growing up there! Heavy, right?