Are you a gardening enthusiast? We’re not. We spent our childhoods weeding yards and mowing lawns for pocket money. But if you do like spending time in a flannel shirt and kneepads — and you’re lucky enough to have a few pine trees to give you some shade — then here’s a product you’ll be interested in.
It’s called the Coneivore. It’s a tool for picking up pine cones. Debra Seefelt came up with the device because she knew it’d sell. And she figured if she didn’t stop leaning on her rake and get moving, she’d be kicking herself one day.
“The idea had been talked about a lot within my family,” she says. “Since no one else was going to do anything, I did. I just knew that if I didn’t do it someone else would capitalize on the idea.”
Coneivore is a lightweight tube that collects up to 20 pine cones at a time. It’s like the Secret Deodorant of the gardening world: strong enough for a man but made for a woman.
“Most manual lawn and gardening tools are built for healthy, strong, young men,” Seefelt says. “They haven’t changed much since they were originally developed for agricultural workers. They can be challenging for a petite, short, elderly or disabled person to use. Yet this accounts for a large portion of the gardening population.”
The Coneivore has been on the market for about a year and a half. Seefelt says it’s been more successful than she ever imagined. People tell Seefelt they use the Coneivore to pick up not only pine cones but tennis balls, golf balls, crab apples, magnolia pods, and black walnuts.
Now if only she’s come up with a tool to deal with those freakin’ pine needles.