Crab apple (Malus spp.) trees grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 8. They’re grown for their attractive spring blooms and create small fruits, called crab apples, following the flowering period. With the exception of some larger crab apple varieties, the fruits are rarely eaten and mainly decorative. Some species may hold the fruit into winter, but the fruits out of many crab apple trees finally fall to the ground where they make an obstructive mess. As opposed to leave them to rot on the ground, you can remove them to keep a neatly manicured lawn.
Rake all the crab apples into one pile using a broom rake, also referred to as a leaf rake, which features a broad rake head with closely spaced teeth which are flexible, so that you can more readily control the management of this crab apples as you procrastinate.
Scoop up the pile of crab apples using a large scoop shovel or a flat scoop. If you don’t have a flat shovel or scoop shovel, you can flip the broom rake above and push the crab apples onto the rake head.
Place the crab apples in a wheelbarrow or bucket so you may move the fruit readily. You may have to rake the apples into a pile each time after choosing a shovel filled with apples.
Pick up any remaining crab apples together with your hands. When only a few crab apples stay on the ground, it is more sensible to choose them up individually than to rake and scoop the fruit.
Dump the wheelbarrow or bucket of crab apples onto a compost pile, or sprinkle them around the ground in an inconspicuous area for wild creatures to eat. A clearing in the forest or along the edge of a wooded area is a welcoming spot to provide food for deer, squirrels and other creatures. Alternatively, you can remove the crab apples together with your weekly garbage.