It hardly seems fair...

@JolietJake (51104)
United States
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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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
14 Dec
Do they have no use at all? Not even good to burn in a fireplace? May be you can try to spray them in gold and sell as Christmas decorations.
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@marlina (79703)
• Canada
14 Dec
Would that be safe to burn them in the fireplace?
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@LadyDuck (182653)
• Switzerland
14 Dec
@marlina I have no idea, because I have never seen those fruits of the sweet gum tree. Some people here burn pine cones, they are excellent fire starters.
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@marlina (79703)
• Canada
14 Dec
@LadyDuck I know about pine cones too.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
14 Dec
We have one of those trees too.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
I don't think Dad fully realized what he was doing when he planted this one when the house was built.
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
14 Dec
@JolietJake is that the house you get up in? That's awesome.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
@thislittlepennyearns Yep, that's just off the front porch here
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@andriaperry (61314)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Dec
Yes you can, I used to paint them silver and gold and display them, when I was all crafty and sh*t. I wished mine were maples but they are sweet gum, gumballs are a nice word for those balls of torture.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
I'm just glad I only have the one, everything else is oak or maple.
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@andriaperry (61314)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Dec
@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.
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@MALUSE (44696)
• Uzbekistan
14 Dec
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?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
I could also just cut the tree down, but Scar and the squirrels would get a bit ticked off.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
14 Dec
Your work is never done! They would be pretty painted...that's an idea.
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@akp100 (13391)
• India
15 Dec
That's lot of them. It surely kind of messy thing specially when we just finished the cleaning. I could have just skipped them.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
15 Dec
If we get a good snow it'll bring a lot more down...the weight of the snow makes them fall, but they get buried under it. Then it melts and the yard is completely covered with them.
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@akp100 (13391)
• India
15 Dec
@JolietJake Ohh.. so is this photo already after snow fall?! That sounds tricky one and must need lots of effort for cleaning them. So when you are going for them?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
15 Dec
@akp100 Nope, it hasn't snowed yet...I'm just saying the snow brings down a LOT more of them.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
They sounds a bit like our horse chestnut trees, though the conkers (horse chestnuts) fall a lot earlier than the leaves.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
15 Dec
@JolietJake Horse chestnuts are only edible to sqirrels, sweet chestnuts are the ones we eat.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
15 Dec
@jaboUK Squirrels...got a dozen of them...want a few?
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
16 Dec
@JolietJake No thanks - we're over-run with them too, though they are just boring grey ones.
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@sallypup (29366)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Dec
Maybe you need to find something else to focus on?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
It would be easier if, say, you'd come and do the yardwork for me
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@sallypup (29366)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Dec
@JolietJake Do you toss the not wanteds into a compost heap or just bag it for the garbage can?
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@sallypup (29366)
• Moses Lake, Washington
14 Dec
@JolietJake Cool beans!
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@JudyEv (137231)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Dec
Would they blow to one area with a leaf-blower thingy?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
Nope, not unless you had one hurricane-force
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@JudyEv (137231)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Dec
@JolietJake Oh well, back to the broom.
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• United States
19 Dec
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.
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
19 Dec
These things are a royal pain
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@ridingbet (60737)
• Philippines
16 Dec
oh, i am not sure if these seeds will grow roots?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
16 Dec
I believe they could, but since we mow the yard where they fall they don't get a chance.
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@JohnRoberts (65174)
• Los Angeles, California
14 Dec
The squirrels don't find them tasty?
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@JolietJake (51104)
• United States
14 Dec
Nope.
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@HazySue (23830)
• United States
15 Dec
Work, work, work. The only thing I can think to do with them is to gather them up, spray paint them, and sell them on e-bay as a crafting item. Who knows you may start a new trend.
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@kobesbuddy (57458)
• East Tawas, Michigan
15 Dec
I've heard that Santa's elves collect gum balls, to drop over North Korea on Christmas Eve! Call Santa at 000-the North Pole, they even run a recycling service, through UPS!
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@sabtraversa (13331)
• Italy
14 Dec
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.
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@RasmaSandra (20374)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
14 Dec
I do not pay attention to what is out in my garden. I just work on my PC and do indoor stuff to keep myself busy.
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@FourWalls (15836)
• United States
14 Dec
And, of course, the squirrels won’t touch them for food....
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@Corbin5 (119667)
• United States
14 Dec
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.
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@much2say (40521)
• United States
14 Dec
Their falling season begins right when you rake up that last leaf ! If only you could find a way to sell 'em . . .
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Dec
Work is never done when you have a home. Always something to do.
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