Don't get cute with leaf pick-up. When you use a rake and tarps, make sure all of your raking is towards your tarp. I see it all the time. People rake leaves into beautiful pyramids and THEN bring in a tarp. That's too cute.
For best results, I place my first tarp into the leaf pile and then fill it up. My second tarp is for any remnants. Then I move on. When the pile is huge, you can even kick the leaves in.
The same goes for backpack blowing. Blow your leaves into a decent pile for easy pick-up but don't overdo it. We don't want to blow gorgeous pyramids.
Make sure you use a decent rake. This is a bad time for 8" rake use.
When your trees are still shedding leaves, don't stress. Just pick up what you can. But once the tree is bare then we clean-up around it really well.
I love the fall! The colours are great and the air is cooler. Today I even got to see salmon spawning in a creek. The sunshine was a huge bonus. So try to enjoy the fall.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLT
Red Seal Journeyman Landscape Horticulturist and ISA certified arborist