Now, I know what you’re thinking: Only 15 days? But, this isn’t that type of plant. It’s actually a form of Bamboo. But, unlike the traditional bamboo found in Asia, and eaten by pandas, this “running” bamboo causes much havoc for homeowners. It spreads rapidly and has the potential to lift and crack concrete as its roots spread. So, imagine what it would do to homes and gardens.
Native to Asia, it’s somewhat unclear the exact time that bamboo was brought to the Americas however it is presumed to be in the late 19th century. In more recent times, the plant was used to create natural fences that would often grow higher than artificial ones could be built. But in order to stop them from growing wildly, laterally, the estimates for excavation range from $3,000 to $10,000!
Also, in order to combat the wild growth of the plant, many officials in various cities in New York and New Jersey have outlawed the planting and growing of them. If done, it’s likely that you would have to pay monthly fines between $250-$300 or spend up to 15 days in jail. Cray, right?
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