What do leaves and acorns have in common? The answer is a mulch machine.
In the fall when trees shed their leaves you may put the leaves in a machine that turns them into mulch. The mulch can be used to spread around plants and trees to protect them from the winter cold and to keep in moisture when it may be difficult to water during the icy winter chills.
But what if you have acorn trees? During bumper crop acorn years acorns may seem like their everywhere. They might fall on the porch, sidewalk, and driveway and in the grass. Everywhere that you step outside you may find yourself stepping on an acorn.
You may be tempted to rake up the acorns and get rid of them alongside raking up sticks that you may not want to mulch. Acorns are really very valuable. People could eat them but since a great many people don’t the acorns can be used instead to feed wildlife.
Rake acorns up and make mulch. If you can mulch acorns separately so that there will be less debris in the mix. To catch the flying mulch you can place a box on the ground in the direction of the mulch machines aim. You can also let the mulch pile up and sweep or rake it into a box after you’ve laid it on its side so that you can spread the acorn mulch where you want it.
If you love to feed the birds acorn mulch is a plus.
Birds will eat acorns but they usually can’t crack them open to eat. Some birds may be able to peck a large enough hole in an acorn that they get to eat some or all of it. These are birds like Blue Jays.
Acorn mulch can help to feed birds during cold spells in fall and early winter. Once you have the mulch you can throw it around your house where birds will find it. They will pick out the acorn bits. Once its thrown out the mulch may only last a few days it depends on how many birds are eating it.
Squirrels will probably eat up the acorn bits out of the mulch to but if you have pecan trees squirrels will eat the pecans over the acorns.
If you have several bird feeders you can fill a feeder with the acorn mulch. Keep check on the bird feeder to make sure the acorn mulch doesn’t mold while it’s in the feeder. If the mulch molds in the feeder throw it away and wash the feeder. Given a choice of birdseed and acorn bits in mulch the birds will likely choose the seeds but go ahead and put both mulch and seeds out for the birds because when it gets cold birds will need the extra food.
You may be able to store the acorn mulch in a container so you can throw out a few handfuls at a time. This will make the acorn bit food last longer. Check the mulch every other day if you don’t throw some out everyday to make sure it doesn’t mold. If at any time the acorn mulch molds in the container don’t throw it out.