It hardly seems fair...
December 14, 2017 11:13am CST
For 4-5 weeks, I battle the leaves in the fall. Lots of trees, lots of leaves, lot of cleaning them up. And after countless days with the rake or the riding mower and the leaf trailer, I am finally finished. NO. MORE. LEAVES. And for a week or so, the yard is nice and neat and clean. THEN the gumballs start falling. The Squirrel Tree out front is actually an American Sweet Gum tree. And it has thousands of these spiky seed pods every year. For some reason they don't fall off when the leaves do. Nope. They wait a week or two and THEN start falling. So what was a nice clean yard one day looks like the photo the next. And they won't fall all at once...oh, no. They'll slowly do it all...winter...long. THOUSANDS of them from one tree. By spring I'll be raking up wagons full of them to haul and dump at the end of the yard. I wonder if I can find a way to market them as decorations...maybe if I get some spray paint.
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You could 'harvest' them like olives are harvested. The olive farmers put a net on the ground and let the olives fall into the net. No raking there. Of course, the advantage is that all olives fall off at nearly the same time. Yet, think about it. In spring you could just roll up the net and dump it with the thingies inside. You could also occasionally invite some children from the neighbourhood and pay them some money for picking up the gumballs. Small children like picking up chestnuts, etc. Why not your gumballs?
• Anniston, Alabama
@JolietJake close to the house I just have a hickory nut tree, all the others are on the sides of the cleared field or in th woods. I wish all of mine were maple or walnut. I want to tap them for syrup and I read the sweet gum can be tapped as well.
• United States
it takes me at least til march to get all my leaves up-thanks to my neighbor's trees. i'm glad we don't have things that drop like that tho.a couple of neighbors have nut trees with the lil pods-they make an unholy mess.
Yes, it would be a good idea to turn them into decorations. Those poor trees spent a lot of their energies to make all those leaves and gumballs, you can't just throw them away like they were poo. Maybe you should cut them down and plant some (edible) fruit trees.
• United States
You really do have a constant mess with those gumballs! I think maybe Scar could use them as toys on occasion. He is probably pretty good at batting those things around. I think the decoration thing is something to consider.