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The wind in Oklahoma makes blowing anything anywhere in particular a bit of a joke. I wait until all the leaves have fallen first of all. Then I mow and mulch the lawn and use the suck and mulch function on my hand held blower. I empty the bag of the sucker-mulcher right into the beds, soaking the shredded leaves down with water from the spray attachment on the hose. Then I cover the shredded leaves with a layer of compost and soak the bed one more time with water. If the weather threatens to interrupt me, I just bag up the shredded leaves and throw them in the garage with the compost. The next sunny day, I go back at it. Doing both the front and back yards may take a few days. But I feel better knowing I'm not tossing away all the leaves. Ta da! Plants are all tucked in for winter.