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Question DetailsAsked on 6/3/2011

Need a use for sweet gum tree balls?

If you have a sweet gum tree, you have probably cussed the thing each year when you had to gather the prickly balls that fall from it. If you have flowers or vegetables planted and are tired of the neighborhood critters messing in your beds, simply spread a layer of them around and you'll be amazed how soon the soft-padded little feet will find someplace else to play. Probably not a good idea if you have a little human that hasn't fully grasped the word NO.

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This is a great idea - sweet gum balls as mulch. Ive seen pine cones used the same way for the same reasons. And the smaller sgballs will degrade faster than the pine cones, putting essential nutrients back into the soil.

Answered 8 years ago by Labour of Love

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