Stinky, smelly gingko biloba fruit: What to do?

sam samna at nospam.invalid
Tue Oct 26 06:34:18 EST 1999

Put up signs offering *free* ginko nuts for the picking.
There are people who want the nuts.

Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld wrote:
> I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem; perhaps someone can
> offer a solution. I'm talking about a female ginkgo biloba tree that
> drops its fruit all over the sidewalk in front of my house. The tree is
> pretty, but that doesn't make up for the mess and smell, not to mention
> the hazard to passers-by who may slip and fall on the slick pulpy
> sidewalk. This is a VERY prolific tree, much more so than others in the
> neighborhood.
> My natural reflex was to remove the tree, but the local authority (the
> New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Forestry Division) has
> strict rules concerning the removal of trees on a public right of way
> (my sidewalk). A tree may only (lawfully) be removed if it is totally
> dead or if it poses a hazard to PROPERTY. When asked if the tree would
> qualify for removal if it poses a threat to human life, a Parks Dept.
> supervisor answered with a succinct "No". The hazard of a slick sidewalk
> resulting from mashed ginkgo fruit pulp would be legally handled the
> same way the hazard of dangerous ice or snow would be handled: the
> homeowner has the responsibility to remove any hazardous condition, or
> face any liability consequences.
> So, I have been spending approximately 3 hours per week peeling the
> adherent mess from the sidewalk with rubber gloves (the residue is not
> amenable to sweeping or raking) for the past month. It appears that tree
> removal is not an option. Can anyone out there suggest a solution? Is
> there a chemical agent/hormone that can prevent the tree from fruiting?
>                           --Mark Bornfeld
>                             Brooklyn
> --
> Maria Luna P.T. and Mark Bornfeld D.D.S.
> Brooklyn, NY   718-258-5001

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