Fall is my favourite season for a host of reasons. My Barracuda leaf vacuum and mulcher rates in the top 10 things I like about autumn. On crisp, sunny days, you’ll find me sucking up the fallen leaves from the linden in the front yard with my trusty Barracuda, or in the backyard chopping bags of dry oak leaves to use as a winter mulch on my garden beds. Although it’s held together in several places with duct tape, the Barracuda still performs better than the much more expensive shredder/chipper my husband bought me one Christmas. With the bag slung over my shoulder to catch the leaves chopped up by the Barracuda’s whirling plastic blade, I’m set to fill bag after bag of beautiful leaf mulch, which goes on the garden as soon as the ground freezes.