What is Running Bamboo?
Running bamboo is a fast-growing, invasive grass with a complex, horizontal root system called rhizomes that aggressively spread underground, as much as 15 feet per year. Once planted, running bamboo can eventually take over yards and travel across property lines, creating issues for adjacent property owners and local jurisdictions.
What is the new Running Bamboo law?
The new ordinance requires property owners to contain running bamboo on their property and prevent it from spreading beyond their property line. Property owners may incur penalties if they allow bamboo to spread beyond their property.
A detailed information sheet is available at the bottom of this page.
Why is Running Bamboo invasive?
Running bamboo can be destructive to the natural environment and suppress native plant species. Roots can push through brickwork, drains, cavity walls, patios, and exploit cracks or weaknesses in concrete.
Invasive Plant Species
Invasive plants have different impacts on their environment but are usually characterized by a few factors: unrestricted growth and no predators. These qualities allow them to outgrow native vegetation and even stifle forest regeneration by outcompeting young trees. Some invasive plants even produce toxic compounds which inhibit other plants from growing. Over many generations, existing forests may disappear if continuously overrun with invasive plants. Learn more about what property owners can do to help.
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