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(The Korea Times)   A gingko nut buster works by gripping tree trunk and vigorously shaking it at around 800 cycles per minute, inducing tree to release nuts from its branches before cleanup crew steps in to mop up; "much more efficient than doing the job by hand"   (koreatimes.co.kr) divider line
    More: Giggity, Ginkgo biloba, Fruit, Plant, Trunk, Tree, district office, Ginkgo, district's streets  
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2022-09-27 3:34:09 PM  
I don't know what that headline means but it made me cross my legs.
 
2022-09-27 4:08:25 PM  
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2022-09-27 4:16:47 PM  
It shakes the tree at 13.3 Hertz.
 
2022-09-27 5:03:05 PM  
Been doing this with cherries since I was a kid.
 
2022-09-27 5:03:42 PM  
I read that as "ginger nut buster".... I was expecting a different thread...
 
2022-09-27 5:08:25 PM  
plenty of ag places "pick their trees" in this manner.   Olives, etc...
 
2022-09-27 5:20:43 PM  
Ginko nuts taste good, but their fruit legit smells like doggy doodle.  Not sure why Asian city planners choose them for sidewalk trees.
 
2022-09-27 5:46:51 PM  
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2022-09-27 6:04:52 PM  
Most cities that opt for ginkgos as the tree of choice for [street/park/etc] will make sure to get male trees for exactly this reason. When I lived in Boston about a decade ago my walk to the T took me past a female tree in someone's yard... and there were certain times of year when you would definitely want to hold your breath going past because the smell was reminiscent of an utterly unmaintained dog park.

/ I braved the stench one year to (carefully!) snag a seedling from a crack in the sidewalk
// it's about 1.5' tall by now
/// three for trees
 
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2022-09-27 6:06:10 PM  
Gingko Nut Buster is the name of jazz-punk fusion Bangles cover band.
 
2022-09-27 6:10:32 PM  
"clean up the cruddy nuts"

First time I've seen it phrased that way.
 
2022-09-27 6:16:17 PM  
hey, don;t bust a nut
 
2022-09-27 7:09:08 PM  
They seemed to have knocked one together using stuff they had lying around, but there's actual dedicated machines that do this for farms and things.

They're very cool. Tree's probably not too happy about it, though.

Multione Harvester - Tree Shaker
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2022-09-27 7:31:38 PM  
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2022-09-27 7:36:52 PM  

rat_creature: Most cities that opt for ginkgos as the tree of choice for [street/park/etc] will make sure to get male trees for exactly this reason. When I lived in Boston about a decade ago my walk to the T took me past a female tree in someone's yard... and there were certain times of year when you would definitely want to hold your breath going past because the smell was reminiscent of an utterly unmaintained dog park.

/ I braved the stench one year to (carefully!) snag a seedling from a crack in the sidewalk
// it's about 1.5' tall by now
/// three for trees


The ginkgo tree in front of my house is certainly male... judging by the amount of those "little apples of pure hate" it drops every autumn. The stink is like a ripe cheese to put it nicely), and if the stuff that leaks from them when they break open dries on your car, you'll need a razor scraper to remove it.

Other than that, I kinda like that spindly, prehistoric tree.
 
2022-09-27 7:48:20 PM  
PunkTiger:

The nuts are good pan fried.
 
2022-09-27 8:13:44 PM  

grokca: Been doing this with cherries since I was a kid.


Yeah, saw this about 50 years ago in Louisiana with pecan trees.
 
2022-09-28 3:16:51 AM  
People prefer to avoid female ginkgos for a reason. I'm not sure how a tree is sexed before it's of age, but smart city planners wait for that before acting. There have been several news stories about swathes of female ginkgos being cut down because people complained. It's easier and less troublesome to wait for properly identified trees than to commit gendercide on the undesirable female trees.

I'm sure that ginkgo fruit is a big reason most East Asian cultures have people take their shoes off before going inside. I would not want to track that mess in. Cottonwood trees are nearly as bad with those horrid sticky bud covers they drop in spring, but they're at least not quite so putrid as ginkgo fruits.
 
2022-09-28 8:42:11 AM  
But enough about subby's mom
 
2022-09-28 8:50:38 AM  
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