At its March 22 meeting, the College Park City Council considered an ordinance to "prohibit the spread of bamboo onto adjoining properties.”
According to information from District 1 City Council Member Patrick Wojahn, the ordinance asks residents to be mindful of their neighbors when planting bamboo and would only be enforced if a neighbor (whose property is being encroached upon) complains about it.
Wojahn also noted that residents could easily address the problem by putting in barriers to prevent their bamboo from spreading into neighboring yards. If a resident doesn't address the problem, the City can step in and give the person a citation and a fine unless they put in a barrier.
Residents who’d like to comment on this proposed ordinance can do so at a public hearing on April 12 at 7:45 p.m. at Council chambers in City Hall.
Is such regulation necessary? If you’re a property owner who has had bamboo thrust upon you, the answer is likely to be “yes,” since bamboo is notoriously difficult to control. As noted in this article from the website Garden Know How.com, “eliminating bamboo plants is one of the toughest things you can do in the garden.”
“It can be done,” the website says, but it takes “diligence and perseverance.”
Briefly, here are the steps the website recommends in its article “How To Kill Bamboo Plants And Control Bamboo Spread”:
To Get Rid of Bamboo
• Get a shovel (or other equipment) and dig up the rhizomes and roots
•Next, kill bamboo plants as each new shoot emerges or by mowing patches frequently
• Expect to keep working on it for the next 2 to 3 years
To Control the Spread of Bamboo
• Build a barrier made of concrete or metal that goes down into the soil at least 2 inches deep and stands at least 6 inches tall.
• Monitor the barrier regularly for effectiveness.
Smith is a resident of north College Park. He blogs (occasionally) at www.ncpinformant.com.