The dried leafs idea is a good one. If I may suggest, try using the lawn mower to chop the snot out of them. I leave the bag off the lawn mower and leave the mower setting on "mulch". I run over the leafs one way (like North/South) and then put the bag back on the mower and run a path in a different direction (East/West) I then dump the finely shredded yard waste on top of the beds and leave it until spring. Once the soil is workable, I turn the compost into the soil. I don't like to roto-till because of tiller pan compaction, and the destruction or worm tunnels which help aerate the roots of my plants.
If there is any left over that does not work into the soil well I put it into my tumbler I made. This process seems to work well for me, just make sure that the lawn has not recently been treated chemically so you don't inadvertently add it to your garden beds.