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Citizen complaint of the day: Stinky ginkos
By adamg on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 8:23pm
A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the stench at Ryan Playground in Dorchester:
These ginkgo trees drop these every fall and they make the whole playground smell like vomit. If you step on them your shoes stink really badly. Can these be picked up and perhaps the trees be replaced?
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Smelled one in Cambridge, too
Remember that guy in Brighton who would go around killing trees?
Maybe we can get him to just kill stinky ginkgos (stinkgos?)
Why on earth would anyone choose this type of tree for a playground in the first place? A tree that sheds fruit, makes a mess that needs to be cleaned up and stinks? Also, fallen, rotting fruit is a MAGNET for rodents......
These were planted before people could tell the difference between the fruiting and non-fruiting varieties.
Here's a good podcast, though.
I love Outside/In.
I love Outside/In.
Kids love that stuff,
probably step on them on purpose, and it's only one weenie complaining.
Anyone wanting to live in a sterile environment should build themselves a bubble. The smell is obnoxious. But it's a necessary metaphor. Reminder that not all in life is under our control or domination. Even if that takes planting the bugger.
Disease, pollution and compacted soil
Apparently, you can clean up the fruit. So I would ask why Parks and Rec are not cleaning it?
We have one
In the playground near my house, they stink bad and even the squirrels stay away from them.
The squirrels will never scatter them
They know what stinky fruit portends.
Land of the gross... ginkos!
and as soon as they replace those trees?
there'll be 311 complaints about people sleeping under them.
Gingkos as a species are 250
Gingkos as a species are 250 million years old! Don't take me the wrong way, but you probably need more Asian people in your neighborhood. Gingko fruit are used in Asian cooking and medicine and I have seen many areas picked clean in the past by people who use them.
So Ginko is the same Ginko!
Could they be harvested for some sensible use or study?
Gingko nuts are edible (not
Gingko nuts are edible (not the smelly fruit) and are delicious. They sell this stuff in the local markets. If someone wants to call my mom, she'll gladly pick them up for free.
My guess is they're planted because they flower in the spring, and it was assumed that birds would come and eat all the fruit.
Used to live on a street that had them. Didn't know the proper name so I just called them Shitberries.