Seasons may be known by their scents, but for many of us, the smell that was autumn is gone. Decades ago, pollution-fighting laws banned the burning of leaves, which had been almost as much a fall family tradition as Thanksgiving.
However, the ban taught many of us that the leaf smoke’s heady aroma was really a waste. Piled out back, turned occasionally, and maybe even mixed with coffee grounds and vegetable scraps, leaves become wonderfully rich food for our gardens and lawns. Composting has become more common.