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Several months ago, I wrote about the serious dangers of having bamboo in our community. On May 24, 2013, the Connecticut Nursery & Landscape Association issued the following report about action being taken at the Connecticut State level regarding bamboo.

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"The State Legislature has passed the Bamboo Bill & sent it to the Governor for his expected signature.The new law makes people liable for failing to contain "running bamboo" (in the genus Phyllostachys, including yellowgroove bamboo) on their property beginning October 1, 2013. It requires a 100-foot setback from abutting property and a public right of way for running bamboo planted after that date, unless it is properly contained. It also requires people who sell or install running bamboo to educate customers on the plant's growing habits, the bill's provisions, and recommend containment methods. The bill subjects violators of its (1) setback or containment provisions to a $100 fine and (2) education requirement to a $100 fine for each plant. Fines may be mailed to the Central Infractions Bureau without a court appearance. Lastly, the bill (1) requires environmental conservation officers to enforce the setback, containment, and education requirements and (2) authorizes the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, any duly authorized municipal constable, municipal tree warden, zoning enforcement officer, or inland wetlands and watercourses enforcement officer to do the same."

I strongly recommend:
1) that you stay away from ALL TYPES of BAMBOO and
2) if you need either complete removal of bamboo or installation of containment barriers, call Sprigs & Twigs; we have done both.

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About Linda Lillie

Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.

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