Sister swept the yard....
When I was a child in the late 30's everyone in the country kept the yards around their houses swept clean. This was to keep debris away from the house in case of a fire. It also was to make it so that you could see snakes in the yard.
We had to sweep the yards every Saturday and to do this we used big bundles of sticks put together as a broom. My Grandmother and Grandfather would go into the woods and cut gallberry bushes for yard brooms. These would be tied with rubber intertubing and used all during the year. I think they chose gallberry bushes as they had lots of small branches that made sweeping leaves easier.
Sometime in the early 40's my Grandmother found large bamboo rakes on sale and bought two of them for us. It made raking much easier for all of us.
Having a leaf blower has certainly made yard work easier these days.