Clean up Mission Impossible: How to pick up Acorns Sweet Gum Balls and Pine Cones

A healthy portion of my time here in the clean-up friendly confines at Leaf Blowers Direct is spent researching specific manufacturers and models of all types of blowers, vacuums, and sweepers. 

I also get to spend a nice part of my day fielding questions that you, our valued past, present and future consumers pose to me in our very popular Leaf Blowers Direct Q(uestions) and A(nswers) forum.  This is where you get to ask me any question under the sun pertaining to leaf blowers, lawn clean up, or anything you just feel you have to know to make your clean up situation easier than it was last season.

I started to notice a bit of a trend in the clean-up questions I was getting.  Questions where I had to do some digging to find out because the answer was either a bit foggy, or it was just not on page-one of the owner’s manual.

Lawn clippings, leaves, and other light debris are common knowledge in the world of lawn tidiness.  Many of you can recommend a product to do this task, or a unique way like when ol’ Uncle Herschel taught you to first gather all of the leaves on a great big tarp so you can drag them all to be disposed of at once.  No, these aren’t the clean-up questions I am here to address.

I am here to set the record straight.  Out of all of the clean-up equipment we have here at Leaf Blowers Direct:   Can this ___________ pick up _______________?

The three most often asked items people want cleaned up from their lawn are:

Acorns and other small nuts:  The acorn, or oak nut, is the nut of the oaks and their close relatives.  It usually contains a single seed (rarely two seeds), enclosed in a tough, leathery shell, and borne in a cup-shaped cupule. Acorns vary from 1–6 cm long and 0.8–4 cm broad.  You could find several hundred of these covering your lawn in any given season.

Sweet Gumballs:  If you are one of many unlucky owners of a sweet gum tree, then you’re probably frustrated with the sweet gum pods or “gum balls” that are impossible to pick up, damaging to a lawn mower, and generally annoying.

Pine Cones:  These are seed pods from the coniferous order that contains the tree’s reproductive structures. The familiar woody cone is the female cone, which produces seeds. The male cones, which produce pollen, are usually herbaceous and much less conspicuous even at full maturity. The name “cone” derives from the fact that the shape in some species resembles a geometric cone.

Due to the density, and shape of these clean up abominations a simple leaf blower has rarely been able to welcome the task.  People are drawn to Leaf Blowers Direct’ s line of products to help save the day.

They focus on our amazing line of sweepers and leaf/lawn vacuums.  The chart below first highlights a product from our line, and then specifies its capabilities (or limitations).

 

Can this?

Pick up this?

Lawn Sweepers

Acorns/Other small nuts

Sweet Gumballs/Other seeds

Pine cones

Ohio Steel (50″) 26 Cubic Foot Pro Lawn Sweeper

                   YES

Yes, but not tested

YES

Parker Suburbanite (36″) 17 Cu Ft Commercial Lawn Sweeper

YES

Yes, but not tested

YES

Agri-Fab (44″) Tow-Behind Lawn Sweeper

YES

NO

YES

Walk-Behind Lawn/Litter Vacuums

 

 

 

Little Wonder (29″) 205cc Walk Behind Litter Vacuum

YES

YES

YES

Parker (30″) 6.75HP All Purpose Litter Vac (With Hose)

Yes, but in dry conditions

Yes, but in dry conditions

Yes, but in dry conditions

Parker (30″) 6.75HP All Purpose Litter Vacuum

Yes, but in dry conditions

Yes, but in dry conditions

Yes, but in dry conditions

Troy-Bilt (3″) CSV 206 205cc Chipper Shredder Vacuum

YES

NO

YES

There you have it.  Our stand alone winner is the Little Wonder (29″) 205cc Walk behind Litter Vacuum.  The others have potential, but have issues truly coming to task.

The most important item to take away from this is that all of your lawn clean-up is going to be easier and more effective in dryer conditions when everything is brittle and lighter.  Moisture and soggy situations just add unwanted weight and mess to an already tedious task.

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