Today I saw something amazing. Someone in my neighborhood was picking up balls on his lawn with an amazing tool. Check out the nut wizard.
I’ve seen these before for harvesting nuts, but never thought they could have any other use. So, now there is a use for them in spring and fall.
Most of us in the southeastern US know about these ankle twisting Sweet Gum balls. They come from the tree Liquidambar styraciflua, a native here. They are little round, spiny balls that fall from the trees in the spring.
Get them when newly fallen to make things easier. When those spines get crushed they’ll be harder to pick up.
Now, not everyone hates these things. They are kind of cute. After my family moved to NC when I was a teenager, my grandmother from Ohio saw the balls and was so excited about using them for crafts.
Apparently there is a market out there for them–http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf43799364.tip.html