Smelly Ginkgo Trees to Be Sprayed

DDOT Trees takes steps to prevent the smell of the female ginkgo trees from stinking up the city

By Natalie Lopez
|  Thursday, Apr 5, 2012  |  Updated 1:52 PM EDT
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Smelly Ginkgo Trees to Be Sprayed

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Spring in D.C. brings many delights, but the stomach-churningly smelly ginko trees are not one of them.

The trees are getting started even earlier than usual this year, due to the unseasonably warm weather we've been having.

On Thursday night, the District Department of Transportation’s Urban Forestry Administration (DDOT Trees) will begin taking steps to prevent Eau de Ginkgo Biloba from stinking up the city.

DDOT Trees will spray the female ginkgo fruits overnight with Shield-EC, otherwise known as sprout nip. The agency will begin spraying where the female ginkgo trees are most prevalent: Wards 1, 2 and 6. They'll will then continue through Wards 4, 3, 7, 8 and 5.

They say there’s no need to move your car if you’ve parked on the street.

Specific spraying locations will be sent to the ANC commissioners and are available upon request. If you have any questions about the spraying, you can call DDOT Trees at 202-671-5133.

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