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t608
09-01-2011, 08:33 PM
Whats the best way to pick up acorns and branches/twigs? Sure this day and age we can't still be using a rake for this stuff!

picframer
09-02-2011, 05:46 AM
Agri Fab Smart Sweep, you can pull it behind your tractor or ZTR

http://www.agri-fab.com/video/SmartSweepVideo.aspx

t608
09-03-2011, 07:54 PM
Lawn sweeper really? My dad had one when I was a teen. I remember using it to pick up grass clippings and leaves, but I don't remember picking up twigs with it.

I just need to figure out how to hook it up to my zturn.

picframer
09-03-2011, 09:05 PM
They have come a long way:) I bought my first one maybe 4 or 5 years ago, aside from leaves I end up plowing some gravel onto my grass and was looking for an easy way to pick them up, I tried two different Deere models and they did a pretty good job, then I read a review on the tractor forum on this Smart Sweeper so I bought one and the results were very good, rocks, leaves, twigs and acorns.

The other thing I use is a commercial blower and sometimes a combination of both, it's not perfect but it sure saves me a lot of time raking.

I no longer have the lawn care company but I still have the sweeper, we use it a lot on clients lawns, works great for dog poo also. For leaves however it's tough to beat these Dr. Lawn vacs, I swear by them and kept one although my property isn't really large enough for all the use it gets.

Not sure which ZTR you have however the Deere unit we had did have a plate, I suspect you could weld one on, the tongue weight is nothing you just need some way to attach it.

Island Lawn Care
04-29-2012, 12:57 AM
a power broom attachment on a weed wacker works REALLY REALLY good on acorns. (the rubber paddle type). its also my favorite for cleaning up the plow mess off of lawns with peastone driveways too.

Sprinkler Buddy
06-18-2012, 12:24 PM
Whats the best way to pick up acorns and branches/twigs? Sure this day and age we can't still be using a rake for this stuff!

The acorns and small stuff break down quickly. Pick up the bigger stuff, mulch the rest with the mower. Why make more work out of it than it has to be?

dpld
06-18-2012, 07:51 PM
The acorns and small stuff break down quickly. Pick up the bigger stuff, mulch the rest with the mower. Why make more work out of it than it has to be?

i don't know how acorns are down south but in jersey they are hard as a stone and are quite abundant.
so much so that a good size oak will fill up a couple large landscaper barrels.

they are also heavier and the machine won't suck them up as well as the ones that do can shoot out like a missle.

to top it off if they sit a while and soften up they gerninate and spout out and they achor themselves to the lawn.

houses that have oaks i usually charge a more for clean ups and if they have a ton of oaks they pay big.

Sprinkler Buddy
06-19-2012, 03:15 PM
Here in FL, as soon as they hit the ground, bugs start eating them. Even the larger Hickory nuts break down quick here in the South.

That would be a pain to deal with, guess there are a few benefits of being in this unbearable summer heat of the South. LOL

Jack Rabbit
06-20-2012, 10:14 PM
I have similar trouble with chinaberry berries and pecans. Is there a manual tool to pick up or sweep nuts and berries that is cheap and more effective than a rake or any method for using typical lawn tools that works well? The yards are small so lawn guys don't use tractors or zero turns here.

I saw a tool that is like a wire wheel on a pole that I think is for picking up nuts. Not sure how you get them out. Anyone know about that?

Things don't rot here. Too dry. Cut grass, nuts, berries, seed pods on the ground just dry up and pile up. Cut grass would become a fire hazard if not bagged. Sometimes ants or birds will eat things.

Steve
06-21-2012, 12:35 PM
Would a push lawn sweeper work?

http://s7.sears.com/is/image/Sears/07124036000