For all the beauty that oak trees offer to your property, they do come with an unwanted annual chore – picking up the acorns that fall to the ground. Simply put, cleaning up the acorns that are produced by a large oak tree is a time-consuming, tedious, and frustrating project. Even the most avid gardener will have trouble finding many redeeming qualities in this task.
All hope is not lost, however. With this article, we are going to offer you the best ways to pick up acorns with as little disruption to your normal schedule as possible. We can’t promise this will become your favorite part of tending to your landscape, but you might find it far more manageable once you have a game plan. Let’s get started!
If you still have some time before the acorns fall, you can get ready for that event and make your life much easier as a result. The plan here is pretty simple – take some tarps and lay them out on the ground under the tree or trees that drop the acorns. You’ll likely need to use something to weigh the corners of the tarps down, like small rocks or stakes. Don’t expect to cover enough ground to catch every single acorn, but do your best to cover as much of the area as possible.
With the tarps down, you’ll have two options for how to proceed. First, you can go ahead and shake the limbs of the tree to knock loose as many acorns as possible. Then, after you’ve gone around shaking the tree, you can gather up the tarps and carry away the acorns in big bundles. This will only work, of course, if the acorns are ready to fall on their own. If you try this trick too early in the season, it won’t be effective.
The other option is to leave your tarps on the ground and wait for Mother Nature to do the work. While this can work, it does come with a notable drawback – you’ll have to leave the ground covered for as long as it takes for the acorns to fall. That could be harmful to the ground beneath, especially if it includes part of your lawn.
Once the acorns are on the ground with no tarp below, you’ll be left to figure out how to pick them up. One of the best methods to do so is using a leaf vacuum. While the name suggests that it is suited to sucking up leaves in the fall, it should do the work for acorns just the same. You will need a good vacuum, however, as the less-powerful units might not pull the acorns up into the bag, or they might only get the small ones.
Okay, there is no denying that this suggestion is going to require some hard work. Manually picking up the acorns is not an easy job, but it might be the only option that is practical in your situation. If that is the case, be sure to use the right rake for the job.
Unfortunately, figuring out which rake is right for your needs will be a matter of trial and error. If the acorns are relatively light, you could use a landscaping rake – which has many tines and covers a large area with each pass. However, if the acorns are too heavy or are a little bit stuck in the ground, a metal garden rake will be the better bet. Either way, rake the acorns into piles and use a shovel to scoop them up into a wheelbarrow or bag for disposal.
Lastly, if you are still hoping to use a motorized method to clean up this mess, look into purchasing an attachment for your lawnmower. These are typically called lawn sweepers, and they can ride behind your mower to capture a large percentage of the acorns that have fallen. This is an effective way to go, but these can be expensive, so you may want to find one to rent unless you have a big property with many oaks and can justify the cost of the unit.
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