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Old 02-02-2013, 09:53 PM
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It's not a bad looking tree, it's the litter. I slip on them, they get stuck in the belt pulleys, and make a huge mess to clean-up.
I have had about a dozen or so sweet gum trees in my yard for a little over 35 years. They are decent looking trees, but in addition to the pesky "balls", the tops of the trees die and fall on a regular basis. You have to remember not to park anything under them that you don't want crushed, because the tops that fall are 4 to 6 inches in diameter and 6 to 8 ft long.

I'm not aware of anything you can do to prevent this, from what I understand it's just a trait of that particular type of tree.
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:47 PM
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I would rather have sweet gum balls than acorns!
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:15 AM
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I would rather have sweet gum balls than acorns!
It's a toss-up. At least the acorns do get jammed in the mower.

The only tree I have close to my house is a water oak. I try to tell my wife how big it'll be and about the pita acorns. She might just come home one day to a new stack of firewood.
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