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Sweet Gum Balls

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by iceberger, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. StanWilhite

    StanWilhite LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,089

    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.
  2. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,750

    I would rather have sweet gum balls than acorns!
  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Posts: 860

    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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