This is one of those Falls that see more acorns on the ground than blades of grass. There are so many they've made walking slippery, you can slip on acorns as easily as ice. And, it's amazing how noisy these little guys can be when they hit, the sounds are similar to a kitchen band. All day long and into the night we hear them hit the metal roof of the neighbor's storage shed, hit our windows, hit the top of the grill, hit the glass top of the picnic table, all with a rhythm and cadence that's musical. How these little guys can make such a loud noise with each drop is beyond me.
The biggest issue with these acorns is getting them picked up or at least a lot of them picked up. Yesterday I decided to get out the Nut Wizard tool and give it a try. This was invented by a man in north St Louis County some years ago who originally built one to remove sweet gum balls. It worked well enough that he made smaller ones for acorns. It's on a metal pole/handle and looks like this:
You move it across the grass like your washing your kitchen floor and as you can see it works. Separate the tines in the basket when full and they fall into a bucket or lawn waste bag. It works but there are so darn many this year it gets tedious.
But what does the size of an acorn crop mean? I addressed this last year, mentioning the various myths or science theories that correlate numbers and or size of acorns to what kind of winter we'll have. Last year we had acorns that were much much bigger than normal. Supposedly that portends a harsh winter and we did have a cold and snowy season last year. Fewer acorns can mean mild winter and that did hold true for 2011.
So I guess having lots of average sized nuts might mean an average winter, not too bad, not too spring-like.