This could be subtitled "What to do with all these leaves," but firstly: what are the best mulches for keeping down weeds and holding moisture in the soil BUT NOT encouraging slugs?
We have tons of leaves - maple, plum & grape - and I've been using them as mulch but slugs just love that. They're steadily demolishing the young coles I've planted out. Last year I scooped some 'roadkill' straw that must have fallen off somebody's truck and I put it on one of my beds. It seems much better: No evidence of slugs although nothing's planted there yet. Time will tell. What do others think is the ideal mulch? We aren't bothered by small rodents and the like.
As for the subtitle, what to do with all these leaves? I shred them as much as I can which is not much. The mower does its best and I don't want to buy a shredder. I don't like to put a lot of leaves in the compost as they get matted and are hard to separate. According to what I've read, making leaf mold is a several-year process (and there's a new batch of leaves every year!)