The Q&A Archives: Harvesting Acorns

Question: Every fall my lawn is besieged with acorns. Raking manually is not an option. Power blowers or vacuums remove only a small portion of the acorns. Cutting the grass low for the last few cuts, combined with a spring thatching and raking/power blowing is the only solution found to date (which is a major chore). The biggest problem is the acorns falling between the grass blades and settling at ground level.

Answer: Since acorns fall from the tree over a period of a few weeks, why not lay tarps or old sheets down over the turfgrass to catch them? When most of the acorns have fallen you can remove the tarps. Since they will be there only a short time, your lawn shouldn't be affected by having tarps laid out under the trees, especially if you choose fabric rather than plastic tarps.

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