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Removing Acorns?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Blmtlandscapes, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. Blmtlandscapes

    Blmtlandscapes LawnSite Member
    Messages: 116

    I have some properties that have a lot of acorns. Removing them is such a long process so I was wondering how everyone deals with them. Do you take care of it in the spring when there is a less intesive leaf cleanup? Do you just ignore the acorns in the turf areas? I'm trying to figure out a way to make it work so I don't have to charge the customer a ton of extra money.
  2. Mowbizz

    Mowbizz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 970

    I just used my blowers to pile them up in rows and then shoveled them into a barrel...others have suggested using a power broom (which I have) but did not think of at the time of the cleanups...
    I don't think there's a way to clean up "NUTS" without some labor involved...just give your client an hourly rate you are both happy with and go "nuts"! :drinkup:
    I charged a particularly, large "nut job" $50/hour solo this past season...just blowers and a snow shovel, and I pulled a cart behind the ztr and drove to the woods to dump.
  3. CheapScapesNC

    CheapScapesNC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    A good leaf vacuum will take care of acorns, sucks them right up.
  4. Kevin M.

    Kevin M. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 137

    About two weeks ago there was a long drawn out thread about this same problem do a search and there were some interesting thoughts in that thread that dealth with acorns.
  5. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    It all depends on what the turf is used for. Is anyone likely to slip and fall on them? Will anyone besides you really know if they are removed or not? Things like this can be HUGE factors to a bottom line.
  6. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I will tell you this years of acrons dropping on turf will kill the turf. I have many properties that had really bad turf and then I started cleaning up acrons each fall with a blower or billy goat leaf vac and the turf is now much thicker. I'm sure the acids in the acorn elemenate their competition (grass) - just my 2 cents - remove it and grass does better.

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