Our yard is in the shade of a giant dutch Elm tree. It is great in the summer when it keeps the house at least 10 degrees cooler, but in the fall there are a ton of leaves to rake. Fortunately U. City picks up leaves for free and all we have to do is put them in the street. For us, the result is a pretty big pile of leaves. The girls have come to look forward to jumping in the pile and ask when I am going to build the giant leaf pile. The pile is pretty big this year and the girls are getting braver, so instead of just walking into the leaves, they started with falling backwards and moved up to running leaps.