I try to rake and sweep as much as I can, but I do have an electric blower. Small gas-powered yard equipment like lawn mowers and leaf blowers aren't subject ot the same air quality restrictions as other gas operated machinery, so they pollute the air big time. I live in an area with very poor air quality and I'm sensitive to the pollution, so I hate gas-powered blowers and edge clippers. Heck, some tree trimmers in my neighbor's yard left a film of oil on my pond. It's disgusting.
I have hated leaf blowers from the first time I ever heard one...what a ridiculous invention...blowing something from one spot
to another. Personally, I hate the contraptions. They're loud, useless, and a waste of energy. Who is going to pick up what you blew away?
Or is one hoping for the wind to pick it up and blow off into a neighbor's yard? I just don't get it. :(...