The sugar maple and sycamore have been shedding quite a few leaves already. My lawn mower has a handy dandy mulching blade All I have to do is fasten the plate over the discharge area, and I can mulch the leaves as I mow over them. I did that with the first leaves that fell. Today I raked some that I will put on the compost pile. I'll probably use the mulching mower again soon. I find leaf raking a fairly enjoyable chore, but I do miss my little helper who is all grown up and busy with other things now.