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Ban-boo: Hempstead Town Adopts Bamboo Ban

A number of residents have complained about neighboring bamboo damaging property.

The Hempstead Town Board unanimously adopted legislation at Tuesday's board meeting that will stem the planting, growing or maintaining of bamboo plants on local properties in the township.

Town officials are responding to the complaints of residents who have had to deal with invasive bamboo encroaching on their properties from adjoining parcels.

According to the town, in recent months, many residents have displayed evidence of damaged tree roots, pipes, sidewalks and even foundations as a result of out-of-control bamboo growth. The root structure found in many types of bamboo tends to expand horizontally, making the plant difficult to maintain and more likely to cause damage to its surrounding area than other types of plants.

Residents have documented bamboo roots migrating from neighboring properties and literally sprouting through and cracking garage floors, sidewalks and driveways. For some homeowners, the damage has cost them thousands of dollars to remediate.

The town confirmed that those who have bamboo on their property must come into compliance with the law and that the town will work with neighbors to facilitate compliance.

Miguel Hernandez, who has owned in Wantagh for the past 20 years, said he only sells bamboo for vases and not for planting. 

"We do not reccommend bamboo for planting," Hernandez said. 

This law will be enforced by the Town of Hempstead Department of Sanitation. If residents have a complaint about bamboo plants encroaching on their properties, they are urged to call the department at 516-378-4210.

What do you think of the new law? Tell us in the comments.

rob July 13, 2012 at 01:19 PM
what is my pet panda going to eat now?
Julie Diamond July 13, 2012 at 06:21 PM
My neighbor's maple tree drops seed pods on my property causing maple seedlings to come up in my vegetable garden...oh, and the really big maples cause the sidewalk in front of my house to buckle...it's a public health hazard. Maybe KM should ban maple trees too! Time's up Kate...you've outstayed your welcome in my town.

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