I was out raking up the sweet gums balls in the yard…again. I never realized what an arboreous pain sweet gum trees are; beautiful, yes, but there’s nothing sweet about stepping on one of those blasted seed balls that drop in the spring and fall. The little buggers can be downright treacherous!
Try to mow the yard with them hiding in the grass, and they go flying like so many high-velocity projectiles. You’d better hope you have shoes on or your foot can be impaled by the hard spikes on this leftover seed casing. Even with shoes on, the little sphere doesn’t politely crush when stepped on; oh no, when it rolls underfoot, it can send the unsuspecting bi-ped flying, giving the same effect as slipping on a banana peel. Continue reading “Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’…”