The seeds of the maple tree (Acer, USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9), sometimes known as “helicopters” or “whirlers,” fall from the trees and onto the ground in the millions as late spring turns into early summer. These seeds are hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5-9. People who live in neighbourhoods with trees that produce helicopter seeds are aware of how difficult it may be to keep these trees under control. If they are not cared to on a regular basis, they have the potential to clog gutters, downspouts, and cracks in the pavement. A rake or brush may be used with little effort to clear a yard or garden of seed pods dropped by maple trees.
Damage From Trees With Helicopter Seeds
Even on the greatest maple trees, there is a heavy amount of seed production each year, and it may go quite a distance. Despite the fact that many of them will eventually lose their potency or be eaten, those that do survive will start to germinate. The maple seed pods each contain two seeds, and each of those seeds has the potential to develop into a seedling. It is vital to remove them in order to not only assist in the maintenance of a clean yard, but also to prevent maple tree roots from being established. Roots that are allowed to grow too near to structures without being pruned may cause the foundation of the building to crack and can also rip off shingles, siding, and paint as they expand.
When it comes to trees that produce helicopter seeds, CHOP Tree Service suggests that the most effective method for managing the assault of these seeds is to take action as soon as the seeds begin to fall from the tree. They will eventually force their way into fractures and other restricted areas as they continue to amass. Once they do this, it is going to be a lot harder to get rid of them. Homeowners should make it a habit to check their home, garage, and any other structures on their land on a regular basis to verify that no new trees have sprouted.
Cleaning Maple Seeds From a Yard or Garden Bed
Garden Mentors asserts that although maple seeds are simple to extract, the process of doing so is laborious and time consuming. Even while there will be a mess if there is no cleaning done, the majority of the waste will not germinate and will instead ultimately break down and improve the soil. However, there is a chance that some can grow, in which case homeowners would have to pluck them out by hand. The most typical method for removing helicopters is to either sweep them up or scrape them with a rake and then place them in a bag designated for yard garbage. Because they fall in such great amounts, removing them on a consistent basis is essential for maintaining the cleanliness of a yard.
The seeds may also be collected by laying one or more sheets below a maple tree and shaking the tree. It’s possible that a tarp would be useful as well, but using a sheet would allow for more air and light to reach the grass or garden that’s below. To prevent the sheets from blowing away, it is recommended that they be weighted down with boulders or stones. When the homeowner has collected enough maple seeds, they should remove the sheets from the ground that are holding the seeds to allow the yard or garden underneath them to breathe. The homeowner will require a pond vacuum or a skimmer to clean the pond or pool if maple trees have grown over it and are now dropping their seeds into the water. The pond vacuum should be used many times each week, and the water surface should be skimmed on a regular basis, in order to maintain the pond free of seeds. If there is a filter connected, be sure to let it run for much longer than normal. If you have a pool cover, be sure to use it whenever the pool is not being used to prevent the seeds from falling into the water. A further possibility involves keeping the pool covered up until all of the maple seeds have fallen out of the trees.
Cleaning Maple Seeds From a Pond or Pool
If you remove the seeds from the pool cover before it starts to rain, you won’t have to worry about them adhering to the cover and making it too heavy to move. In the event that the seeds do get wet, they will have to be removed carefully using a scoop. There is also the option of waiting for them to get dry and then using a leaf blower to remove them off the cover.
Yard garbage bag
A tarp or several sheets
Rocks or bricks
The cover for the pool!!-!! Leaf blower