Ugh, What’s That Smell? When you enter someone’s yard, there could be various causes for a foul smell (don’t get too close to that compost pile). However, one smell seems to trump them all in the fall and that is the vomitus smell of – you guessed it — the Gingko Berry. Gingko trees have a unique leaf that turns a brilliant yellow in the fall. They also have an odor like your gym locker room.
The gingko berries fall from the female trees and, when left on the ground, will rot and become horrendously pungent. If you live in the University area of Eugene, Oregon, you may simply think some college kids threw a party nearby. But, if you look more closely, you’ll find that gingko berries left on the ground are the true culprits.
How do you rid your yard of this foul smelling berry?
That’s easy: simply clean up the fallen berries as frequently as possible!