..would you be more interested in it if the grass was raked and you didn't see all the leaves, or would you be charmed by the beauty of the golden Autumnal carpet?"
She emailed back:
"If I were looking for a house in fall I would probably want to see a raked lawn- as then I could delude myself into thinking that there weren't many leaves to rake in the yard. A golden autumnal carpet would just spell more work..."
That's what I was afraid of...
Raking it is, then.