Ouch! Acorns falling!

bedford8a(8a)November 12, 2011

Couldn't work in the yard today. The wind is blowing hard and the acorns are falling on my head. Wow, do they hurt! Does it seem like there are more acorns this year than before? I read somewhere that some plants and trees produce a bumper crop of seeds durng a drought to ensure the future of the species.

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studies have shown that oaks have cycles in bumper crop seasons called masting. a few theories, trees take time to store up enough energy for these bumper crops. or helps to control the population of small creatures that eat the acorns, if these creatures have abundant food every year, it won't take long for the population to explode and eat up all the food.

spring weather would affect crop production the most, if there are any late freezes(blooms are killed off) or too much rain (a lot of pollen gets washed away)

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 3:00AM
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PKponder TX(7b)

We keep sweeping them off of the driveway and two hours later it looks the same :-) Talk about an exercise in futility! Bedford, you need a hard hat!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 9:54AM
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We also have squirrels who throw acorns down on the driveway. Make enough noise that I imagine they'd hurt too.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2011 at 12:07PM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

Dummie me (not from Texas, CA desert doesn't have Oak trees) couldn't figure out how it could hail at my client's house (Post oaks) without clouds! She laughed and told me it was acorns. There certainly seems to be a ton this year.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 9:40AM
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carrie751(z7/8 TX)

Old timers would say ..........."hard winter ahead", but this is NOT what the weather forecasters are saying. I hope the old timers are wrong about this one.

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 11:08AM
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pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

Haven't we had our share of "hard winters"? What happened to global warming?

    Bookmark   November 14, 2011 at 2:36PM
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