You might want to call it home ownership whiplash.  In my backyard is the wonderment of life on planet earth but in the front yard is the scourge of many home owners in Portage- helicopter seeds.  Primarily from the Maple or Boxelder trees, these little f-ers are really doing a number on my anal-retentive lawn care system.Maybe it's just me but it seems like the amount that has been generated over the last five years or so (except for last year when we had a reprieve) has increased and has become intolerable.  Unlike leaves, the helicopters are nearly impossible to get up out of the grass.  Merely bagging the grass when cutting doesn't work as well as you might think and mulching defeats the purpose.  I tried raking, leaf blowing, leaf vacuuming.  Nothing seems to work.  Letting nature take it's course isn't an option because you create the thatching that chokes the yard.  I've come to the conclusion that I'll have to get down on my hands & knees and pick them up like the little pine cones every year.  Any suggestions?