Peanuts in the yard

Posted on: Sat, 03/07/2015 - 1:14am
aagaardians's picture
Joined: 09/21/2013 - 22:13

My family and I just moved into a new home - a rental. When we viewed the home, there was snow on the ground. Now that the snow has cleared, the backyard is littered with peanut shells. My oldest son, he's 4, has a severe PA. Now I feel like I can't let him out in the yard. The yard is large-ish and I have two other littles that need attention or I'd go out there & pick up peanut shells all day. Any ideas? Vacuum? If I do vacuum then how do I sanitize the area when the shells are gone? Is it safe to let him out if the shells are gone and I'm overthinking this? I look outside and see danger, and I don't want him to be stuck inside for a year until our lease is up.

Posted on: Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:40am's picture
Joined: 02/27/2015 - 13:52

We moved to a home where neighbors fed their birds peanuts and then the birds would carry the shells to our yard. I asked the neighbor if they could switch to something other than peanuts and she had no problem switching. She cared for our son and there are lots of other options out there to feed the birds. I'd suggest that you educate your son about what a shell looks like and explain that they are dangerous and then when you have time, clean your yard. My son always pointed them out to me and I would get rid of them. I would assume that rain will eventually take the allergens away once the shells are gone. If there are any that are on hard surfaces, then I would wash with soap and water and spray down. My son never had a reaction from the nuts in the yard but then I was always carful about watching him when we were out and he never picked them up.

Posted on: Thu, 03/12/2015 - 2:39am
smithdcrk's picture
Joined: 03/13/2014 - 16:46

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
I'd clean what I could, a little each time. To make it less scary for your son, use "construction zone" tape with stakes, cones or flags to define the "safe zone." As the you rake up more areas, expand the safe zone. This way he can be outside with you and the others. Make it a game.
Once the larger stashes of shells are up, a vigorous raking and a couple of passes with a bagging -not mulching- lawn mower would probably get the rest. I agree with the others that a good rain would probably wash away most of the residue.
To make it go faster, find an enterprising tween/teen who'd be willing to do the job for you. Offer a flat rate with a bonus based on the total half shells s/he cleared (by weight or count).
Sounds bizarre, but I did the something similar with my children after an unexpected spring snow/melt/freeze hit while we were installing siding. We had so many nails and metal bits outside, it was a safety shoe zone. Wow! It worked like a charm. Everyday they (7 & 12 at the time) went out with a recycled yogurt or margarine tub and eventually we got it cleaned up.

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