Last year the lawn service needed to aerate our lawn but it had to be leaf-free. I had a fussy newborn and a husband at sea, so I did nothing until someone knocked on my door and offered to do it for a ton of money. $80! To rake leaves! I bargained them down but it took four adults two hours with rakes and a leaf blower to bag like a billion bags of leaves, so in the end I paid them the whole $80.
This year I bet myself I could keep up with the leaves! I feel bad for everyone else on the block because we have the best leaves by a long shot. Every time the wind blows, our ancient oak tree rains leaves down around our front porch, while the tree itself looks just as full.