I work as a maintenance gardener in a gated community of seven smart houses in Kent, England. The communal areas are semi-parkland with grass and all conifer shrubs and trees along with Laurel. All these plants create a considerable litter of leaves which falls under the trees and around them and up to recently has been allowed to naturally accumulate as there is a natural path around the trees. There has been occasional tidying. A new resident is very keen to ‘tidy everything’ and has arranged for all the litter to be removed every year, it being taken away and burnt somewhere. Each Summer is getting warmer - is there a danger in this practice? Are the plants going to run out of nutrients and are they going to dry out? Note: All plants survive just on natural rainfall. Comments welcome.