How to Stop Your Oak Trees from Producing Acorns

Date May 18, 2022


Author TreeNewal Staff

If you have Oak trees on your property and they are steadily producing acorns, you may be wondering how to stop them. Acorns can be a major pain to deal with, as they can hinder your grass’ access to sunlight and make it much harder for you to maintain your lawn. Well, we’ll be honest: there isn’t really a safe and surefire way we recommend to stop acorns from growing entirely. So in this blog post, we will give you our favorite ideas on how to manage their production. We will cover a variety of different methods, so you can choose the one that works best for you!

Mulch The Acorns

A simple way to reduce the number of acorns your oak trees produce is to mulch them. You can do this by using a lawnmower or weed whacker to chop up the acorns that have already fallen on the ground. Then, spread a layer of mulch around the base of each tree. The mulch will help prevent new acorns from sprouting and will also decompose over time, providing nutrients for your trees.

Prune Your Trees

One method you can try is to prune your oak trees. The last thing you want to do as a homeowner is removed a tree as beautiful as an oak. So, pruning or even just trimming an oak can be a big help in curtailing the number of acorns dropping onto your landscape. Besides, tree pruning is already a vital step in tree maintenance that should be performed consistently throughout the year by an ISA-Certified Arborist. Take care of two birds with one stone!

Rake or Dry Vacuum the Acorns Up

This may be the most tedious method, but if you have a strong vacuum and are willing to put in the work, it can be very effective. That way, you can easily distribute them in a nearby natural space instead where the acorns can still support the ecosystem. We recommend doing this every few days when the growing season is at its peak to keep on top of the acorn production.

Have Patience

Another option is always simply waiting for the tree to age out of the acorn production lifecycle. This naturally happens around the time a tree reaches about 70 years of age. Have your tree tested to estimate its age, especially if the property has not been updated in quite some time? It may be preferable for you to simply let nature finish running its course.

Hire a Tree Care Service

Why not save yourself the hassle of managing the acorns swamping your lawn and leave it to the pros? With mulching the acorns, there is always the risk of flying debris as the blades chop up the nuts; a professional will have the right safeguards for the process. Professional Arborists can also help you decide if a growth regulator is a good option for your situation and, if so, ensure it’s applied correctly to your tree. When in doubt, go pro!

So if you’re dealing with an oak tree that is dropping acorns all ver your property, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here at TreeNewal, we understand the struggle and want to help. Contact us today for more information on how we can help take care of your trees

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