Help with leaves and pine straw
I've just recently moved into a house with a large area of pine straw covering (about 500 sqft) and have never really dealt with this kind of mulch before.
We have several large trees in the area and they have dropped an incredible amount of leaves on top of the pine straw. My initial inclination was to get out there and remove everything (leaves and straw) and replace with fresh straw. However, i've seen some of my neighbors simply cover the fall with fresh straw without removing anything.
I'm looking for suggestions on the best way to deal with the leaves and old straw. I come from NM and a world of xeriscaping where a couple bags of leaves is all i ever dealt with. If i were to pick up all of these leaves, plus straw, i would have 30 or 40 bags. What are my options?