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Acorns - how to pick them up by the ton

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by BarcelonaTom67, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. Nov 4, 2019 at 11:11 AM
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    BarcelonaTom67

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    My wife and I just moved into our current house a few months ago. We've never had to deal with oak trees / acorns before. Now that fall is here, the oak trees on our property have dumped a gazillion acorns everywhere. We're out in the country, so we don't need to clean them up from a "must keep the yard looking neat and tidy" perspective, but to walk on them is like walking on a table covered with marbles or ball bearings.... too easy to slip and fall and break a leg.

    Do any of you have any suggestions for ways to pick / gather them all up? Our p[roperty is 1 acre, all dirt, uneven, so raking/shoveling would not work very well. I know there are companies that make leaf vacuums for lawn mowers and such, but T $1,000+, that's out of our budget range.

    Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
     
  2. Nov 4, 2019 at 11:13 AM
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    Invite a bunch of deer over for an all you can eat dinner? Oh and extend that to the squirrels too...
     
  3. Nov 4, 2019 at 11:14 AM
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    Now that B&D setup may be perfect. I have a leaf blower already, I will look into this to see if it could work.

    I could use my leaf blower to just blast all the acorns into my neighbor's yard........ but I'm not that much of an asshole ;)
     
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    I've used similar devices to pick up used brass at gun ranges. The ones I have used are pretty much useless..... though due to the difference in shape (straight vs spherical) this might work. But I have a 1 acre yard to clean up o_O:bananadead:
     
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    Maybe one of those leaf rakes that you pull behind the lawn mower? :notsure:
     
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    I would love to get one of them, but they are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$, at least the ones I have found, so far. >$1100.........
     
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    I am having an explosion of acorns this year (seacoast NH), so I bought the nut picker-upper linked above... and it works ok. But it really can only pick up a swath about 6" wide.... I have many 6" wide swaths of lawn covered in acorns, so I gave up. Now I just rake them as best I can into a big pile and shovel them into a wheelbarrow.

    This happened a couple of years ago... and one of the consequences was a year after the acorn explosion, there was a huge increase in the squirrel population (because food was so plentiful for a year) so much so that you couldn't drive 5 minutes without one darting in front of you and the roads being littered with the dead bodies of the lil' guys.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2019 at 2:47 PM
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    I love squirrel hunting.
     
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    I'm in the same situation, 2 acres with tons of oak trees and acorns. I found that plastic rakes with tines close together work well, they get the majority of the acorns.

    Oaks tend to have "mast" crops every few years:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mast_(botany)
     
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    I have oaks, used different methods, the rake and wheelbarrow works the best. That being said, I only do some areas , squirrels can have the rest.
     
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    You’ll either let nature be nature , or you’ll have to use a rake. There’s really no easy solution. My entire property is covered with Oak Trees. It sounds like someone is throwing rocks in my yard all day and night this time of year. I just blow mine into the woods and off my lawn. The deer, chipmunks and squirrels are a 24/7 clean up crew as well.
     
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    If you can't blow them off the yard, blow them into one spot and rake them up.
     
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    I have lived under the mighty oak for some 50 years.
    Do nothing, the animals will eat most of them and the rest will rot. A few may sprout but you’ll either catch them with the lawn mower or let them grow.
    Lawn fanatics won’t believe any of this but it is what works for me.
     
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    Much appreciated, everyone.

    My only real worry, is that both my wife and I are semi-disabled. My balance isn't as good as it once was due to a spinal cord injury many years ago, and it's all too easy to slip on some of these darn things and end up ass over tea kettle, because I can't move quikly enough to compensate for the slipping and sliding around. In the areas of gratest concern, I have been doing the rake / shovel / wheelbarrow method. so far have scopped up almost 2 wheelbarrow's full, just around the back patio area. We've both slipped a couple times, but haven't actually fallen yet. I was mostly curious if there was a fairly affordable and easy solution out there that I was not yet aware of :)
     
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