Best and Fastest way to pick up acorns, pecans, and other nuts!

2018 was a mast year for acorn production. It probably stems from the droughts we had in 2017 and 2018 - both winter, spring, and summer.

What it means....is we have acorns all over our yard. Now, acorns are great fun. (click here to see how we made pancakes out of our northern red oak acorns) Acorns also feed wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and other wildlife.

As great as they are, they really mess up your lawn. They make the ground "bumpy," acidify the soil, and generally weaken the lawn. My children and I would sit on the ground and pick up acorns for hours. We could easily collect multiple 5 gallon buckets of acorns each year.

It was a frustrating process. Then I saw someone pick up pecans with a nut weasel and wondered if it could be used for acorns. The answer is YES.

We bought the medium sized nut weasel. We have rather large acorns - northern red oak and the weasel was able to quickly and easily pick up every single one. Now, it did have trouble if the acorn was buried deep in the grass, but rolling over a few times or kicking it out with your feet made that less of an issue.

Emptying the weasel was also super easy - you just pull the tines apart for a few seconds and all of the nuts fall out. If I had any complaints it would be this - it doesn't really pick up caps. It may get a few acorn caps but most of them stayed in the yard. Those are relatively easy to rake, but still....

It is still an amazing invention and my son and I marveled at it as we worked to clean up the acorns - in less than 1/4 of the time it would have taken us picking by hand.

I intended to buy this for my husband for Christmas, but since I happened to see it in the store just as acorns were upon us, I decided to get it now. It was definitely worth it!




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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

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