How to compost sweet gumballs

Asked March 3, 2020, 12:06 PM EST

I have a beautiful street tree in front of my home but it drops those awfully spiky and dangerous sweet gumballs. Can these be effectively composted at home? Can they be placed in my food scrap bin for curbside collection by the County?

Howard County Maryland

1 Response

Sweetgum seed pots can be composted, yes. If you find any seedlings appearing in the compost pile - unlikely if buried deeply enough - they can be plucked out easily. We do not know how long it will take to break down but imagine it would be similar to the tougher plant tissues like twigs or bark. We also can't think of a reason why the county would refuse to take them (did you mean yard waste collection?) unless they specifically say that only kitchen scraps are accepted.