Rest easy, Connecticut, the legislature’s got your back

Tree warden supervises Greenwich homeowner removing illegal bamboo

Tree warden supervises Greenwich homeowner removing illegal bamboo

By unanimous vote, the state Senate has passed a bill prohibiting homeowners from planting bamboo screens within 100′ of their property line.

Failure to keep it under control — through an approved barrier or container — would make property owners liable for damage to neighboring properties.

Sen. Clark J. Chapin, R-New Milford, ranking member of the Environment Committee, said during the floor debate last week that the issue might have received the most interest of any bill during the panel’s public hearing process.

“It has been an ongoing problem,” he said. “While some people may think that a better approach would have been making this an invasive species, the Invasive Plants Council actually considered that and decided this particular species did not meet that definition.

“We did recognize that it is a very big issue for a lot of people in the state of Connecticut,” Chapin said.

I’m sure it’s an important matter, and I’m not at all surprised that it’s a bigger issue than our yawning budget deficit or ammunition permit requirements, but is the legislature really so underworked that it can devote floor debate time to this? New Hampshire requires its legislators to stay at home tending to their own business, and only lets them come to the capital once every two years to wreak havoc. That’s an example we could emulate, to our benefit.

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13 responses to “Rest easy, Connecticut, the legislature’s got your back

  1. Bamboo is wildly invasive and grows out of control quickly, strangling many native plants. I looked at buying black bamboo for a small area of my property as a privacy screen but my gardener said No No Nanette. There’s a house off Route 172 here in Bedford that planted a bamboo hedge about a decade ago; today, it’s so tall, and gangly, that when it snows, it falls over into the street. I’m surprised the town hasn’t asked them to cut it back. I’d be very interested to hear EarthImage’s take on how much he sees growing while he’s strolling through forests.

  2. None in the woods. The panda bears ate it all while hunting the anteaters roaming back-country Greenwich. And you thought we didn’t have mountain lions.

  3. Al Dente

    I’m hoping they confront the issue of screen doors being installed on submarines. It could be very dangerous.

  4. They have their own union….
    Bamboozlers United

  5. Next step in revenue grab….
    Bamboo Removal License
    OR
    Machete Licensing ?
    Tough decisions

  6. Anonymous

    i planted bamboo once. once.

    bad idea.

  7. Cos Cobber

    CF, Bamboo is an invasive species. I would give serious consideration to banning it all together.

  8. Once

    If your neighbor plants bamboo on your property line, as mine did, you have to dig a trench three or four feet deep and pour cement to keep the rhizomes from coming over and adding bamboo where you don’t want it. It will wiggle it’s way through your foundation. It’s just a matter of time. The other solution is called “Roundup”.

  9. Anonymous

    roundup doesn’t work, believe me. you need really nasty stuff, the kind they don’t sell anymore but nothing that a quiet nod and a finger point to bamboo strand (along with a $50-$100 tip to your local gardener) can’t fix.

  10. Daniel

    Mint is another plant you do not put in the ground.

  11. Publius

    The mice are under control but the elephants are running wild. One of several reasons that the District of Columbia was selected as the nations’ capital was that it was a swampy, humid bug infested swamp that legislators would have a difficult time getting to and once there little reason to spend much time wreaking havoc on the young nation.

    • Cobra

      Given the current snake pit of politicians in DC, especially the lame lizard now presiding at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, one would assume they would thrive in a “humid bug infested swamp.”