This tool is called a “nut wizard.” I have been eying these for a while, because we have oaks and we all know what they produce. I just want to get the acorns off the lawn and out of the gardens so they don’t germinate there. Once they are gathered, I leave them for wildlife in a wooded spot in the lower section of the yard.
The small nut wizard (pictured) costs about $65. I had read the reviews, not all of them good, but the negative ones were often written by people who have pecan trees and thousands of nuts to gather. When my sister bought one and told me how much she liked it, I took the plunge and bought one, too.
This works like those old fashioned carpet sweepers. You push and pull it back and forth and the metal basket scoops up the acorns. To empty the basket, you just separate the metal wires, which are quite flexible, and dump out the acorns. It comes almost fully assembled. All I had to do was screw on the wooden handle.
The nut wizard is made by Holt’s Nut Wizard Inc., of Douglas, GA. I went on the Holt’s website and was pleased to see that all their products are made in the USA. And they make several different wizards, to pick up everything from ammunition to tennis balls and even trash.
This is not a mast year for us, but we still have plenty of acorns to gather. I’ll write an update on how the nut wizard holds up.