For me, I use a push broom for the driveway and sidewalk after mowing, and a Big rake and tarp for the leaves in the fall. I enjoy the relative quiet (and can use the exercise by the time leaves need to be raked). Usually we have some nice fall days so it's not bad to be out working at it once or twice a year. We have lot of big oaks and maples. Neighbors with their own blowers or lawn crews are no faster than the pushbroom for stray grass clippings. If blowers are more efficient then they must be using them wrong. The stupid lawn crews other neighbors use always have a guy wandering around blowing whatever and revving for the whole time they're there, too. Maddening on a nice day. To each their own, but I like the quiet. And yeah, no one bothered so much thirty years ago.