While beautiful expansive oak trees can be a true joy in terms of the shade and lush green foliage it offers, there is nothing more onerous than a lawn full of acorns, and the daunting task of finding a way to efficiently extract them from the grass and haul them away. Especially for larger oak trees or stands of oak trees, the acorn burden can be quite substantial, costing more than anticipated in terms of labor time and expense to keep acorns from interfering with the health of the lawn beneath as well as keeping the yard area free from an overabundance of hungry visitors such as squirrels, birds, and other creatures that may enjoy snacking on the acorns. An overabundance of acorns lying about can also point to issues with squirrels and other rodents locating a nearby structure such as an attic or garage for a storage unit, necessitating a call to the local rodent or pest control center for assistance. Learn more about great tips for getting acorns off your lawn from gardening experts.
There are several effective methods for removing acorns for your lawn. The method chosen will likely depend on two factors - your budget, and the scope of the issue you are having with falling acorns. For smaller lots with fewer acorns, it can be enough to pick them up by hand, pile them in a bag, and dispose of them in the garbage for pickup. As an alternate measure, you can simply wait for the squirrels and birds to dispose of them for you. For slightly more prolific trees, a strong rake can solve the issue, raking them all to a corner of the lot for sweeping into a bag and disposal. For large lots with a lot of acorns accumulating, the best options are to hire a professional lawn service to remove the acorns, or to consider purchasing one of the new gizmos on the market today, such as the Nut Wizard, which can be easily ordered online, is expensive, and can be used for multi-purpose yard projects that include but are not limited to acorn or nut removal.
There are a number of different options, some obvious, some not so obvious, for disposing of excess acorns gathered from your lawn. One option is to simply throw them away in a garbage can or dumpster. Another lesser known option is to harvest the acorns, extract the nut meats, and grind them down into a meal which can be used like flour for cooking in breads and other dishes. They can also be used for kids' crafts, holiday wreaths, and as decorative accents in homemade gifts and projects. Finally, they can be added to an outdoor composting heap and as they decompose, the acorns will make excellent organic matter to fertilize the plants in your garden bed.