I have a tree that drops stupid sticks like LL Cool J drops dope rhymes. Not limbs, or branches, but sticks, one to four feet long, not as big around as your pinky. By my figuring, in my 5 1/2 years living here, that tree has dropped more sticks than it actually has mass, so somehow, it magically produces them.
I decided I would try to pick up these offending sticks, instead of running them over with the lawn mower (which I suspect isn't that effective). So Monday when I got home from work, I went out in the back yard and for :45 I picked up sticks in one corner of the yard, broke them into foot long segments or so, and put them in the yard waste can. I filled up my smaller yard waste container about 75% full, and that was it for the night. The next day I was right back at it, this time I filled the larger container about 80% full in about 1:15. I then cut the lawn.
Sheesh did I do anything? I spent :20 more minutes picking up sticks in just the far back corner of the yard... and said "'golly gee darn' it!" or something really similar. That just about sucked... okay, it did suck.
I'll be cutting the front lawn today, then right back at it, this time with a rake in hand. Oh, and of course, Tuesday after clearing out all those sticks, wind storm. Wednesday morning was a wind storm.