First, I mulched. Then, I put the 'bag' on the mower and sucked up what wouldn't stay on the ground. It was my Dad's idea.
By using the 2-pass method, I used only 5 leaf bags instead of the usual 9. (I guess the remaining 4 bags of mulch are somewheres on my lawn or they went airborne!) Anyways, just a thought. With all the leaves I have, I can't just mulch them because they'll be an inch thick on the grass!!! Those Oak and Maple leaves are HUGE!
I always thought of sucking up the leaves w/a vacume but I have this 'block' in my head that I'd be sucking up loose dirt too. Idonno, that's where I'm at.