How do I keep all the sweet gum trees from dropping all the thorny gumballs?
Hardiness Zone: 6a
By LT Kelley
That's like asking how do you stop an apple tree from making apples. You could collect some of them off the ground and put them in a bowl as an interesting centerpiece, though.
You don't. Short of cutting the tree down, you will have the gum balls....
Best thing you can do is keep your rake handy and use it often!
You can collect the sweetgum balls (dried ones), spray paint and glitter them, and either use them on Christmas gifts
or Christmas trees, in bowls on the table on in clear glass vases or baskets with natural pine cones. They make really pretty ornamental touches for wreaths for every season when left natural, and I've used them in floral arrangements by gluing them onto thin sticks and placing them right in with cut, dried
or silk flowers.
You might not be able to prevent them from falling to the ground, but you can sure find lots of crafty uses for them.
There are people who will buy them for craft uses as well.
Hope this helps.
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