It's true that new methods will occur to LCO's as time goes by. Seems to be especially true with leaves.
If there's a bunch of leaves in beds I'll rake them into the yard and run over them with my riding mower with the mulch plug attached. I'll get what's left in the beds, curbs, etc. with my handheld Husqvarna leaf vaccum. The leaf vaccum eliminates the problem of wind blowing leaves around after they have been raked.
Had a job the other day where a good method was to rake into pile, lift from the pile into a large plastic garbage can, press down to compact, then place can onto back of truck, drive truck to other side of building and dump contents into dumpster. Worked like a charm.