While an oak tree improves the look of your house and provides you with shelter, it tends to shed acorns that have a number of effects on your yard:
- The acorns can hurt your lawn and inhibit the growth of the grass
- They can sprout, creating seedlings that will be problematic to get rid of if you don’t clean them early enough
- The acorns attract certain animals such as squirrels and mice. In addition to these animals giving your yard an ugly look, they also tend to carry diseases that can be dangerous to you.
When mowing your lawn, the reel mower might split them out causing injury. If you have small children, the acorns can hurt them as they run around barefoot.
Due to the dangers that come with having acorns in your yard, it’s paramount that you get rid of them as soon as possible. The good thing is that there are plenty of tricks on how to clean acorns that you can use. Some of these tricks include:
Picking the acorns before they fall
The acorns become problematic when they fall on the yard. To reduce the risk, you should pick the acorns early before they fall. Before fall strikes, put acorn netting or tarps around the oak tree then shake the tree limbs for the acorns to fall.
When the acorns have fallen, dispose of them using the tarps. While this technique is highly effective when you have just a few oak trees, it will be problematic when you have hundreds or even thousands of trees. This is because you will have to get a lot of tarps.
Picking up the acorns using your hands
If you can’t afford tarps and you have just a small lawn, you should pick the acorns using your hands. Do you have kids in the house? You should assemble them one day and create an acorn game. You can decide to give presents to the person who collects the most acorns. With the right people, you will get rid of the acorns in just a few minutes.
Just like when you clean the acorns with a tarp, this method will be impractical when you have a lot of trees or your lawn is large.
Using a leaf vacuum
Also known as a lawn vacuum, a leaf vacuum is highly effective at sucking up acorns and leaves from a given area. The practical way of obtaining the vacuum is by renting it from your local store but if you have the resources, go ahead and buy your own.
You should note that when you rent or buy the leaf vacuum, you will have to learn how to pick up acorns with it. The good thing is that it’s easy to learn how to do it.
When getting the machines, they come in different sizes and power. Take care that you get one that you will be able to easily handle.
Using a rake
If you don’t want to use your hands and you are looking for a cost-effective way to get rid of acorns from your yard, you should consider using a rake. All you need to do is to gather all the debris (including the acorns) in the yard and scoop them up for later disposal.
If you have a small lawn, you can easily collect the acorns using a rake, but if the lawn is large, you will be better off using a more powerful acorn pick up tool.
Using a lawn sweeper
A lawn sweeper is simply an attachment that collects debris that a lawnmower might not be able to handle. Lawn sweepers work by sucking the acorns up like a vacuum. Others use rotating brushes to toss the acorns into a collection bin.
While the sweeper is highly effective and you can use it even when you have a large yard, you can’t use it if you don’t have a lawnmower or any other equipment to pull it.
Using a nut gatherer
The nut gatherer is also known as a weasel and it’s simply a rolling device that picks up objects, including acorns and puts them inside a basket.
After collecting all the acorns, you need to simply empty the basket. The cool thing with the nut gatherer is that it’s easy to use and it doesn’t require gasoline or electricity. While this is the case, it’s highly inefficient when you have a large yard. This is because it will take you a long time to collect the acorns.