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Picking Up Chestnuts
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John    Posted 08-20-2003 at 13:17:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a huge (200+ year old) American Horse
Chestnut tree that drops thousands of nuts on
my yard every Fall. I am wondering if anyone
knows of any clever method for sweeping or
picking these things out of my lawn. Would the
powered chipper-mower-vacs (cyclone rake)
be powerful enough to pick them up? Would
lawn sweepers get them? The nuts are heavy.
Rakes just bounce over them.

Lazy Al    Posted 08-21-2003 at 04:55:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have four in the front yard . Real pretty in the spring but a pain in the fall .
The way I handle it , is put my landscape rake on my little ford NAA and rake them in piles , then shovel them in the loader bucket and haul them to the woods . I was thinking of renting one of those big round brushs and try that but so far we just been using the tractor . Why any one would plant one near the house is beyond me nothing eats those nuts and you almost have to get them up some how .

John    Posted 08-21-2003 at 13:40:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks for your response (and sympathy).
These little bombs are a very big pain (literally
in the back). I found one interesting link:
( I've
written to this company to ask if their product
might pick up Horse Chestnuts. I'll post
another reply if I hear from them.

Suzy Q    Posted 08-20-2003 at 14:24:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are those the eating kind? Just curious...

I would imagine inviting your neighborhood
kids is a good idea already presented.....

Also If they are the eating kind, even adult
would enjoy to share in this harvest.

DL    Posted 08-20-2003 at 17:41:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Horse chestnuts are poisonous and unedible.

LH    Posted 08-20-2003 at 20:51:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep also called Buckeyes for those unfamiliar with em

Clipper    Posted 08-20-2003 at 18:34:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I sure did not know that....better cancel the invite to the kids pronto!

Suzy Q    Posted 08-20-2003 at 19:51:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
DL Good thing you let us know a horse chestnut
is not like a real ones or the Chinese kind.

I guess my favourite nuts are Hazelnuts, Pecans,
and Macadamian... ;)

Hi Clipper... what are your favourite.?

Conker Bonker    Posted 09-26-2003 at 04:07:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In the UK kids call them conkers and sometimes play a game with them by the same name. You put a hole in them with a skewer, thread a piece of string through the hole & tie a knot.

Then 2 people each armed with their conker stand facing each other and take it in turns to try to break the others conker from it's string. One player will let his conker dangle freely at arms length. The other player takes aim with his conker, pulls it back taught with thier other hand then sort of flicks it round so it swings and hopefully hits the other conker.

They take it in turns until one is broken. Conkers were aften reffered to by how many bouts they had one. i.e. a 6'er would have won 6 conker smashing bouts.

So in short if you provide some string the inviting the kids around option still could work :)

Only way I....    Posted 08-20-2003 at 13:50:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
know that werks well is ta round up all the neighborhood kids and let em have fun.... :^)

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