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.

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.

paul October 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
To Mike Pekor: Now that you removed it. Shame on you. I as well of others would have supported your cause in a court room. Now that you removed it and were Bamboozled, ( a word I used previously) now you want the town to reimburse you for the removal of the BAMBOO. You probably had a better shot at fighting to keep it.... It is a lame law that does not have any merits. You have all the documentation on how you installed it and for the maintenance and care required for this type of plant... You did nothing wrong by having it.....
paul October 16, 2012 at 03:01 PM
To Mike Pekor: I am not impressed with you ending with your personal advertisements... mpekor@optonline.net www.taichili.com www.liphypnosis.com
MAY October 19, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Mike, it stinks that this happened to you but your video shows proof of what can happen. So while you offered to pay for the repair of your neighbors driveway, that stuff obviously got passed your barrier. The barrier isn't worth jack becasue if it can crack cement it can crack plastic. It is a major problem. Frankly, why would you shell out 10K for bamboo to begin with? Sure it's pretty but that's just nuts. I don't think the town should have to pay you for the plants you replaced it with. That's silly. Maybe they should have provided the excavation at best but not reimbursement for the bamboo to begin with. I mean you were wrong because it did break your neighbors driveway. So what if you offer to pay. It cracked it and God knows how many of those rhisomes are all over your neighbors yard already. Our bamboo was 3 feet down. THREE FEET! So your 24 inch barrier isn't enough. Nice try though. Sorry this happened to you. You seem like a nice guy. Just a bad situation.
Anne October 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
After years of telling our neighbor that HIS bamboo is destroying our property he removed it!! We know it is not truly gone because it is the plant that keeps on giving!!! Talk about being rude and obnoxious now we have the law on our side - does it really take a lawsuit to get someone to wake-up and do the right neighborly thing - oh I forgot we live on Long Island where everyone feels they can do what ever they want!!!!!!


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