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Glen Cove Passes Bamboo Ban

City Council members voted 6-1 Tuesday to outlaw the fast-growing plant.

File photo.
File photo.
Glen Cove City Council members voted 6-1 Tuesday to ban the planting of bamboo and make property owners responsible for removing the plant if it spreads from their land, according to Newsday.

The City follows suit with several other Long Island municipalities, such as the Town of Huntington, who have recently banned the fast-growing plant. The State is currently looking to add some species of bamboo to its invasive species list, making them illegal to buy, sell or import.

Under the new law, residents who violate the new law may face daily fines of between $250 to $1,000, with an up to $2,000 fine for second offense. Republican Councilman Anthony Gallo, Jr. took issue with the high fines, said Newsday, and voted against the legislation.

Residents who grow bamboo on their property prior to the enactment of the law will be exempted as long as the growth is contained to their property. They will be responsible for containing its spread by installing an impenetrable underground barrier such as a metal sheathing.

Once the law is enacted, a resident will be held accountable for "allowing bamboo to grow" on their property, even if it crept in from next door.

A resident who discovers bamboo has spread to their property from a neighboring property must alert the originating property owner who would then be responsible for its removal.

If it isn't proven to code enforcement officers that the neighbor has been alerted in a timely manner from the time the bamboo was discovered, however, the resident would be held responsible for its removal or be subject to the same penalties.

The law will be enacted once approved by the State. You can read it in its entirety on the City of Glen Cove website here. 
Leslie Schwartz December 11, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Really? This is important how? No one should be able to say what plants you want decorating your yard. What's next, outlawing weeds or kudzu? Geez!
marge December 11, 2013 at 09:49 AM
Very happy to see bamboo banned. Good job Council Members.
cynthia kouril December 11, 2013 at 09:53 AM
It's going to be hard to enforce. It's too complicated. Also, not all species of bamboo is invasive. Some just sort of sits there.
fedup December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM
Anyone who is a neighbor to it knows how much of a pest it is. Glad to see the ban. Lets hope code enforcers do there jobs and follow through on complaints. Absolutely love the high fines for violators now maybe they will respect their neighbors and the law.
frank December 11, 2013 at 02:08 PM
I only know of one or two people who have bamboo and it doesnt look like a problem....more important does anyone know what's going on with FiOS
Brian F. Pemberton December 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I was going to build my retirement home out of this stuff but now I can't. I do love this song though. House of Bamboo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsZH6YYSHao
Ronald December 11, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Yes, but lets freely spray pesticides and herbicides that contaminate our ground water. At least they're not an eyesore.
Leslie Schwartz December 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
so funny right? its really amazing to me what the City Council and the mayor (who ever he is) focuses on.
Mark666 December 11, 2013 at 05:32 PM
So, people have lived in Glen Cove from just a few years, to their whole life. And, they have always had bamboo on their property. Whose to say where it came from? Did it come from a neighbor back in the 1800s? Was it always there on the property? After all, Glen Cove was a lot different looking back in the 1700s. And here's one question I'd really liked answered. What if the bamboo came onto your property from City owned property? 1st, we all know they will deny that it started with them. 2nd, they will take you to court and drain your funds to prove it's not their fault. 3rd, even if it is, I'm sure they will come up with some archaic law that says they (the city) are not responsible for it's removal no matter what. So as usual, the average citizen is screwed. Here is a suggestion for all the BRAINIACS at City Hall. How about publishing all comprehensive, and in plain English, methods of getting rid of bamboo? At least for those of us that don't want to be fined into the poorhouse can try and do what we are ordered to do.
Mary Ann December 11, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Really Leslie Schwartz, Unless u live next door to someone who you watch plant it and watch it evade your retaining wall, sidewalk , and property and then you would have to go out and buy strong pesticides to try and control it, it would be an important matter to you. Btw Leslie who ever you are ?, his name is Ralph
Leslie Schwartz December 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Really? You don't know how to weed? And I don't care what his name is. He is ineffective
Mary Ann December 12, 2013 at 08:48 AM
Hey Leslie, Why dont you educate yourself before you post anything and learn the effects of traveling bamboo and how it can under mind your home. Here let me help you and next time have compassion for home owners with this proplem!! bamboo are pernicious and persistent. They’re foreign life forms that manage to enter our homes unnoticed, and then make life a living hell. One man in New Jersey discovered that the bamboo running wild at his house would cost up to $10,000 to remove. they have an amazing tenacity to survive fire, flood, climate change, chemicals and even heavy equipment. bamboo loves to travel. It moves – silent but deadly – underground until its presence is noted on the surface by innocent little green shoots called culms. By the time they appear, the ground is already infested with the traveling rhizomes. It’s no wonder some towns are drawing up ordinances prohibiting the planting of bamboo. Penalties on Long Island, N.Y., include a $350 fine and up to 15 days in jail. With the fastest-growing types of bamboo able to grow 3 feet in the span of 24 hours, it’s easy to see how rapidly problems arise. You don’t have to plant bamboo to experience this problem. All too often, bamboo invasions begin with a neighbor who is ignorant of an aggressive species that works its way under the fence to your yard. This demonstrates why growing the wrong bamboo is not only a bad idea; it can also become a community problem. “Infestation” is the perfect word for problem bamboo. Smaller species of running bamboos are among the worst offenders. The yellow-green Phyllostachys aurea was first brought into landscaping out West for mid-century modern homes. Slower-growing black-stem bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra, is still potentially invasive under the right conditions. Get a better feel for how fast these plants grow with comparative photography at LewisBamboo.com. The website chronicles the company’s most widely grown timber bamboo, Phyllostachys moso, the most important industrial species grown for building materials and manufacturing. Lewis Bamboo’s images show the sprout at just 6 inches tall on day one. Every few days, they add another photo with a measuring pole to document increasing height, until day 22, when it has reached 23 feet tall. What’s most useful is the company’s guide to controlling bamboo-root travel using a variety of techniques. One is to break off all new culms when they first appear. Lewis Bamboo is also a source for rolled barrier sheeting that is installed when you plant the bamboo so the traveling roots are contained. This material is believed to last longer than concrete barriers prone to cracking in cold weather. Some believe the bamboo causes the cracking, but that is not always true. Often the concrete cracks on its own, and then the roots use the breach to travel through. There’s a great example on the site that shows how to dig a long trench and line both sides with sheeting to keep the plants in a single, dense row. This technique is ideal for privacy barriers, lush background screens and windbreaks. Bamboo is among the most amazing plants for sustainability, but like bedbugs, rootlets can hitchhike in the soil of potted plants and fill for raised beds and planters. If, by chance, sprouts do appear unexpectedly, jump on them as you would bedbugs to cut them short before they become expensive pests. Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/11/15/3370745/beware-of-planting-bamboo.html#storylink=cpy
Mary Ann December 12, 2013 at 08:50 AM
BTW Leslie Yea I can weed! i guess ignorance is bliss
Leslie Schwartz December 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM
omg - i have lived with bamboo all my life - it does not grow overnight. Thank you Mary Ann, who ever you are.
Mark666 December 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Very informative Mary Ann, thanks.
Mary Ann December 13, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Your welcome Mark. :) Btw Leslie, depending on the species, some DO grow overnight.
cynthia kouril December 13, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Not all bamboo is that prolific and not all bamboo is invasive. Some is very slow growing and does not migrate.
Carol Merritt February 08, 2014 at 10:15 AM
My neighbor planted Golden Bamboo on the property line in 2008. When I told them it was coming up in my lawn they said "it was my problem." My husband and I dug rhizomes every spring through summer for 3 years until we realized the futility of it all. We paid 3,000 dollars to have a 75 foot steel-reinforced concrete barrier installed 41 inches deep into the ground. My husband injured his knee from the constant digging and had to have a partial knee replacement. The barrier has kept the bamboo at bay for now, but we know that it is only a matter of time before it grows through, under, or around the barrier. Barriers do NOT work for long. I have photos of running bamboo growing through concrete, asphalt, and the plastic barriers that are touted as being able to keep the bamboo in check. We cannot plant anything on that side of our property for fear of losing it to the bamboo rhizomes, and we have lost the free use and enjoyment of part of our property. Once a grove of bamboo becomes mature the only way to possibly rid your property of it is to bring in heavy equipment. There is no weed killer that will kill a mature grove of running bamboo. We live in Spring Hill, Florida and I have photos of Phyllostachys (Golden Bamboo) growing up through the asphalt of roadways and parking lots, under the siding of homes, through concrete, and under sidewalks. I have seen bamboo lift up concrete slabs at a home we almost purchased when we lived in Virginia. I have seen a 6 acre infestation of running bamboo at a national park in Virginia, and I have seen it infesting a national cemetery. How do you dig it out at a cemetery? There are people making money selling this stuff and if you listen to them you will be told that all you have to do is mow it. The mowing will keep it at bay for awhile, but after the bamboo takes hold nothing will keep it back. What if it is in an area that cannot be mowed? At the very least we need city ordinances to protect all residential property owners from Asian Exotic Invasive Destructive Plants. Thumbs up to Glen Cove!

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