So this year I resolved to do something different. Uncle D's team came out and closed the pool two weeks earlier, before most of the leaves fell, so there aren't a lot of them in the pool in the first place. Then as an accumulation of leaves piles up in the pool area, I have been raking them out as often as I can. And I am using one of the extended pool brooms to "sweep" what falls into the trouble spot out in the middle of the pool away.
This can be a nasty business - the plant material is rotting as it sits in the water, it's usually cold out, and you can't avoid getting a little wet during this task. But it's also rewarding - there's a simple satisfaction from getting the job done, and there's reassurance in knowing what this preventative measure is going to do in the long run until next Spring.