IMO shredded leaves make a very attractive mulch, and so does leaf mold partially decomposed.
Another possibility is to use the leaves as a mulch. No leaves leave our garden in the fall. We use a mulching leaf-blower - or the lawn-mower - to chop all the fallen leaves.
Then they are spread on the garden beds under the trees as a mulch. Jun 06, Spread mulch in a 4–5 feet (– m) diameter around the tree. Lay down a thin layer of mulch around the tree. The mulch should not touch the tree itself.
Leave 1–2 inches (– cm) of space between the base of the tree 98%(62). Sheet mulching is a highly beneficial mulching system, composed of four layers. It is used before planting or around existing trees. Although it takes more time to apply than regular mulch, sheet.