Sunday, December 2, 2007

How does he think of this stuff?

We have a very large, mature oak tree in our back yard and this year it has created a bumper crop of acorns. They have been raining down on us for weeks with an almost constant patter on our roof. There are so many that it feels like you're walking on marbles when you walk under the tree and all these acorns are killing our grass. Eric has been raking and gathering them for weeks and this weekend he finally got to the point where he couldn't get to any more with the rake. But, there were still scores of them down under the grass. So, what were we to do? This is what Eric came up with:

He's vacuuming up the acorns with a shop vac! That's definitely a solution that I would not have come up with. I guess it worked because he was out there for a couple of hours and had to empty the shop vac four or five times.

So, what did he do with all those acorns? He says that he is composting them. There's a huge pile of them now on our compost heap. I think, though, that the acorns will just think they are being planted and that soon we will have a few million oak trees growing in our compost. Who's right? Only time will tell.


Jill said...

You know what I was imagining? I was thinking of the movie Home Alone and what a great 'bad guy' trap they would make! ;)

Colleen said...

That's awesome! I'll have to tell Eric about that!