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    Acorns - how to remove them

    Last fall I was NOT monitoring the activity of my yard worker(s) -

    We were graced with a multitude of acorns - they were enmasse on my property, however, I made the mistake of "assuming" that someone would tell me when a problem developed.

    One would think the lawn mower - with a grass catcher attached would have picked up the acorns routinely. No.

    One would think that using the Troy built yard vacuum/chipper shredder would have been another option. However, it is possible that by the time it was time to consider using the Troy unit (for the usual fall leaf pickup) the acorns must have already started to attach to the ground. The person using the Troy unit NEVER mentioned that the acorns were NOT being picked up.

    Finally, another yard worker - this time it was decided to use the Shop 'N Vac - with the 2 1/2" hose adapter - actually 40 hours of work was required to bag forty bags of acorns (each bag weighing approximately 35 pounds). Because WE had waited too long and many of the acorns had started sprouting and had to be dug up individually from the ground.

    So, it is Spring and the remaining acorns are still there waiting to be removed - if that is at all possible. Today, I have a new yard worker here and he is using a hard garden rake - a leaf rake - some claw type hand tool and a flat headed shovel - that seems to be workable.

    I truly doubt if he will be able to remove ALL the remaining acorns. The weather has been working against us -

    I would appreciate if anyone has any bright ideas - I will attempt to follow through - or have my yard worker follow through.

    I do have to stress these acorns are not an acorn here and there - they are laying enmasse - some areas actually fifteen feet in diameter.

    I would appreciate any thoughts you might have.

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    "Mow" after one or two mows the acorns will not re shoot.
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    PUSHKINS - not to be argumentative, but if routine mowing will dispense with the problem, why did not the routine mowing at fall and/or prior to the fall last year dispose of the concern?

    The acorns are currently fastened to the ground???

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    I didn't say the mowing would pick up the acorn "nut" rather once the seedling gets cut by the mower it will no longer grow.
    once the nut starts to grow it's rooted in nothing but pure manual labor will pick them up. My suggestion is simply mow them so they cease growing and wait for nature to deal with the remnants of the nut.
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    Acorns...

    It sounds like the acorn density per square foot is pretty high. Unsightly for a nice lawn and not all that comfy to walk on either. Sounds like a serious vacuum is in order or a good lawn sweeper. I'd opt for the lawn sweeper first. Especially one with the de-thatch tines on the front. That will pop them up on top of the grass and make it easier to brush into the grass bin. This works super for me to grab the gravel that gets shoved off the drive onto the lawn during snow plowing. The lawn sweep does great on that, so I suspect it would do even better for light weight stuff like acorns. It's speedy and will most likely grab the majority.

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    I have seven or eight very large oak trees and about as many acorns as there are pennies in the national debt. I just keep mowing and that will take care of the sprouts, but the squirrels and mother nature are going to have to deal with the nuts.

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    Thank you MRCAPTAINBOB - After reviewing your posting - I went to check "google" to see what I could find re: a lawn sweeper.

    I found: one identified as a 26" Deluxe Push Lawn Sweeper via the website: www.lambertmft.com. at a cost of $260.00 - free shipping. However, the site did not mention anything about "detach tines".

    I went to the Lowes webite: They had an Agri Fab 26" Push Lawn Sweeper model # 45-0218 at $199.53 - they also mentioned the Agri Fab Dethatcher attachment for sweeper - model # 45-0343 at $101.47, but did not indicate availability.

    I checked the Home Depot - they show the sweeper, but not the dethatcher.

    I had to search for the push product because I am located on the side of a mountain and such as a tractor is not practical. In your posting you did not mention if the product you use is such as a push product.

    Another question - I do have the Troy-Bilt yard vacuum chipper/shredder/vacuum hose machine - that was used last fall to pick up the leaves - perhaps the yard worker did not have the nozzle close enough to the ground. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

    I am not reluctant to invest an additional $300.00 plus into this venture, should it be
    a possible solution. I can contact the local Lowe's store to see if they have it in stock.

    Thanking you, in advance, for your assitance in this matter.
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    Well done capt. I too am waiting on your response.
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    Acorn pickups....

    Hmmmm...that hill presents a challenge. My sweeper is the 36" Agri-Fab and has the tine attachment on it's front. It's pulled by whatever machine is available. Anything from one of the LGT's to my Wife's golf cart. We do have hills here and at times it does not want to track perfectly behind the tractor. Your being on the side of a mountain is a difficult situation. How steep is the area you're concerned about? A walk-behind would be of no more help than a tow-behind. If you feel you can drive a garden tractor on that area without danger, then a tow-behind is a great choice. And if Lowe's carries Agri-Fab, then you could check at the product desk and ask them to order the larger one and have them order the de-thatcher along with it. I expect they have the Agri-Fab catalog there.

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    Acorns...

    Incidentally, we have a large number of black walnut trees. Those green golf balls are not good to ding with the mower blades. They do manage to fly hundreds of feet. My bay-window can attest to that. Yep, the larger pane! Well, most of those walnuts do get picked up by that lawn sweeper! It's a really great machine if you can use it. As I said, it picks up the small stuff, as well as the bigger stuff. And that lawn looks so darn good when it's brushed!

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