Warm Weather Begins Early Gingko Spray

Gingko fruit and leaf litter

Matt lamented this unpleasantness a couple of years ago. I’m all for preventing the “notoriously unpleasant odor”. Think they’ll have better luck this year? And on a related note, I’m getting some emails from readers saying that the pollen is insane – has the big rain last night improved that situation?

Here’s the press release from DDOT:

Unseasonably warm weather has brought the first signs of the unsavory female ginkgo fruit to life much earlier than expected. To prevent the notoriously unpleasant odor of this popular tree from overtaking city streets, the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) will start spraying these fruits tomorrow, Thursday, April 8.

Spraying will begin in Wards 1, 2 and 6, where female ginkgo trees are most prevalent, and continue through Wards 4, 3, 7, 8 and 5. The spraying will be conducted at night and there is no need to move vehicles parked on streets.

The specific spraying locations will be sent to the ANC commissioners and are available upon request. If residents have any questions about the spraying, they can contact the Urban Forestry Administration at (202) 671-5133.

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  • Shouldn’t there be a band called “unsavory female ginkgo fruit?”

    • I would go see that band. Or a band with the vernacular I used “Those fucking shit berries.”

  • Every spring the city posts signs saying they are going to spray the gingko trees on our street, and without fail every fall we still endure the sh*t berries. Does anyone actually believe they are spraying? Do these work crews have supervisors that inspect their work?

  • I know they sprayed in my neighborhood (Adams Morgan) last night, because the sound of it woke me up. It happened at around 3am. I’ve seen/heard the spraying in some past years as well and it’s always been during the wee hours. The reason we still get shit berries anyway is that the spray only cuts down on the amount, but doesn’t stop them completely (at least, this is what I read in WaPo once).

  • Re: Allergies: The rain helped, but only for about 12 hours. Pollen levels went back up the next day.

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