Picking up acorns in your yard can be a pain. They get all over the place, and you might not even know they are there until you step on them with your bare feet.
If you have a lot of trees that produce acorns near your house, then this is a problem you'll likely face one day or another.
Fortunately, there are ways to clean up those pesky little nuts without too much work. Let's have a look at several tips for picking up acorns!
Tips to pick up acorns in your yard
There are multiple ways and tools for picking up acorns in your yard. Here are some of the most efficient ones!
A rake is a great option because you can sweep up acorns one at a time without getting too close to them and risk being poked in the eye with an errant nut.
Simply do a sweeping motion over the ground where there might be acorns and watch them roll up against the rake's teeth. If you find a lot of acorns in one spot that needs to be picked up more than once, use your hands or another tool such as a shovel instead.
A shovel is also a great option because it can scoop up large batches of acorns in one swoop and deposit them directly into a trash bag.
If your yard is too large for the above methods, or if you would like to deplete acorns more quickly, try spraying water on an area with some heavy concentration of acorns (preferably where they're easily accessible) until all the nuts are wet.
They should then be easy to pick up and move into a trash bag with your hands.
Once you've found all of the acorns in one area, fill the trash bag with as many as possible before putting them in the garbage. It's important not to let an acorn touch the ground or water again once they're in the bag.
If your yard is not too large, or if you have a lot of time to spare, pack the acorns into buckets and then carry it all at once out to your driveway for disposal in the garbage truck.
You can also add acorns to compost bins that are specially designed with space for large leafy, nutty things.
If you're looking for a dumpsite that will accept acorns and other yard waste, find the nearest location of your city's refuse department or composting services (usually found on their website). They will provide you with more information about what can be accepted at specific sites.
Place the acorns in a bag and put the whole thing outside your house. The city service will collect your yard waste on their biweekly garbage pickup day.
Yahoo! group or Craigslist - Offer some of your acorns online for free to people who want/need them, either by posting an ad on Freecycle Yahoo! group or by posting a free ad on Craigslist.
Spread them out
Use your acorns to create some habitat for birds and squirrels. Just scatter the acorns around and outside of bird feeders, in piles, alongside roadsides, or beneath trees with branches low enough to reach without getting onto a ladder.
To prevent rodents from eating the acorns, place bitter apples around the areas that contain them.
Save for next year
Store your acorns in a dry place and wait until fall when you can use them to decorate your home or yard with some much-needed color.
Consider planting some new trees
If it seems like there are too many squirrels in your yard already, consider adding to their habitat by planting some new trees.
Consider using a squirrel feeder
A fast, easy way to manage the acorns in your yard is to invest in a large enough outdoor birdfeeder that can hold up to four pounds of seed at once. Fill it with something they enjoy, and this will keep them busy so you don't have as many acorns to pick up.
Remove the piles
If you don't want to spend a lot of time picking all acorns up, just remove the ones that are in piles and leave everything else alone. This will save you some serious energy if your yard is on the large side or has many trees that produce acorns each year.
Collect in buckets
If you want to collect the acorns for later use, ladders can make the process easier. You`ll need a bucket at the base of each ladder and someone holding it while you climb up so as not to drop any acorns on your way down.
Engage a professional near you to remove them
If you have a large number of acorns that need to be removed, consider hiring a professional. You'll either use your equipment or theirs and then they dispose of the seedlings for you at no cost-saving you hours of work in one fell swoop.
What are the benefits of picking up acorns?
- Avoiding the potential for lawn diseases. This will protect your lawn grass and garden from damage.
- You will also be preventing a headache if they are blown by an errant gust of wind onto your car or roof.
- Acorns that have fallen in pavement cracks can cause significantly more sidewalk maintenance because they won't grind down as quickly as other materials, causing terrible breaks.
- Acorns are not only unsightly but also dangerous. They can be a tripping hazard that causes serious injury or worse if they fall on someone's head.
- There is always the potential for pollution from contaminants like oil and gas seeping into groundwater through acorn decomposition sites."
Q. What are the benefits of picking up acorns?
Acorns that have fallen in pavement cracks can cause significantly more damage than on a grass lawn.
Some people also collect acorns to toast them and use them as food for animals.
They provide a huge potential for bacteria and fungus to grow in the moist environment of a decaying acorn.
Picking up acorns also helps with water conservation because they are potential sources for seeping into groundwater through acorn decomposition sites.
Lastly, picking up fallen acorns is just the right thing to do!