I've posted about this before, I'm sure, but our one (1) oak tree produces a prodigious amount of leaves:
prodigious: Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous.One year I was using those "contractor" sized trash bags and filled 24 of them. And I'm talking crammed full. So raking and bagging or burning the leaves is an all-day event. This year, however, it went quicker because Gloria, Jon and their neighbor friend DJ helped. I started at 9:00 in the back yard, had that done by 11:00 when they joined in, and we were finished (except for stirring the leaves as they burn) by 2:30. I paid them for their effort ($20 apiece), so they were happy.
Luckily we live in a jurisdiction that still allows burning leaves. I burned them in three of our raised garden beds, figuring the ash would help add to the soil (maybe - oak leaves are poisonous to most plants, so maybe it'll backfire). I do like the smell of burning leaves. It just feels like "fall." Although the weather certainly didn't! It was beautiful, but it almost hit 70° - on November 21!
So I am sore and tired, but happy to get this yearly chore out of the way. Unfortunately, the oak holds on to many of its leaves until the first snow, so there'll still be more. I don't know if I'll be up to raking them when they finally fall. I did notice the gutters need cleaning out badly, though, and I will try and do that this weekend. We got new gutters when we had the roof done this year and I haven't put gutter guards back on them so they are packed with leaves. Fun times.