My neighbors have a black walnut tree and late summer through fall the walnuts will fall and hit the roof of my house. Is there something I can put up, like a tarp or something, that could catch them?

Side of House Front of House Size reference of Walnut

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    What is the problem ? Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 15:40
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    What exactly concerns you? The sound of the nuts, possible impact damage or the accumulation of organic matter in the gutter? Textbook solution no.1 would be taking a view in your local law concerning trees from other properties. The law often comes with surprisingly logical solutions for common problems. And "neighbors tree reaching in my property" is a common problem
    – Martin
    Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 15:40
  • Concerns are the possible damage that could come from the nuts impacting the shingles. Easy cleanup of the nuts would also be a benefit but for that I could just put netting from the fence line to the house. Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 15:45
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    Given the sound those make hitting the ground, I certainly don't want to be hit by one. Your roof? Less clear, but having that main branch over you house trimmed seems a fairly easy thing to do.
    – Jon Custer
    Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 16:40
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    Do you really want a tarp over your roof? IMHO, that looks terrible, like you're neglecting maintenance or a major leak, just to avoid a little bit of wear on the shingles. Walnuts should roll off the roof on their own, but you might want some gutter guards or foam inserts to block accumulation.
    – dandavis
    Commented Sep 21, 2023 at 20:59

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I do not think the walnuts will damage the roof, as they have a cushion layer. There is a netting material used to keep birds out of fruit trees etc. It is black and hard to see when viewed at a distance. Attaching that would be a way to keep them from hitting your roof. You would need to stretch it enough so they roll off when hitting the net. My concern would be that installing a net or tarp would cause more damage th the house then the walnuts over the next decade. The wind can also remove them.

  • The problem with netting is that it will also catch leaves, and then it's not so hard to see when viewed at a distance.
    – Huesmann
    Commented Sep 22, 2023 at 13:50

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