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Acorns Provide Food For Deer, Squirrels and A Host Of Wildlife


You might associate acorns with squirrels, chipmunks, deer, or the arrival of the autumn season. Either way, you know that acorns are a part of your life, and you've come to expect – even look forward to – seeing them at a particular time of the year. But the reality is that although you see acorns all the time, there might come a time when you don't see them anymore. Unless, of course, you take action yourself to help acorns propagate. From providing sustenance to the animals in your backyard to giving new life to your favorite trees, there are many advantages to planting acorns.

Feeding Wildlife

Birds, deer, chipmunks, red squirrels, gray squirrels, opossums, rabbits, and raccoon are all animals that feed on acorns. Did you know that squirrels can bury up to 4,000 acorns in your yard – and remember where they're all located – and blue jays can carry up to three acorns in their beaks at a time to feed their families? This means that every single acorn that falls or hangs on a tree in your yard has a purpose, which is to keep the cycle of life in your backyard going. Acorns are rich in proteins and nutrients. So much so that they're considered the “peanut butter” of the ecosystem. They are one of the most readily available food resources for wildlife, and fortunately, they're quite easy to grow.

Planting Acorns

Planting acorns are easy, and it starts by collecting them in your yard. First, you should gather acorns from the ground or oak trees. Then, put them in a container filled with water for five minutes. Discard any acorns that float. Remove the remaining acorns after five minutes and either let them air dry or dry them with a towel. When they're dry, you can either place them in a sealed container until the spring or if it is spring, plant them in the soil outside. If you tend to get a lot of rodents in your area, you can also start growing acorns inside to avoid predation. They should be exposed to plenty of suns and given water through a drip irrigation system. They'll begin to germinate in March or shortly after. When they mature, they will become beautiful oak trees.