I should have taken before and after pictures - all two or three of you would be amazed. The front yard was a mass of leaves - on large area where raked leaves had been piles and the remainder full of more recent falling leaves. As it happens, I love to rake leaves and thus I yielded to temptation and took rake in hand and attacked the leaves with gusto. Their yard debris enormous pick up container is filled with leaves that were crushed downward several times to make more space. The yard is minus 99% of the afore mentioned leaves - unfortunately, there are leaves still drifting downward from the tree so it is not perfect.
The only thing that would have been more fun would have been actually burning the leaves - I have loved the smell of burning leaves since childhood.