One homeowner’s landscaping decision is demonstrating yet again why having thoughtful neighbors is underrated.
In the subreddit r/legaladvice, a Redditor detailed how her neighbor planted an “invasive” bamboo species whose “roots have completely taken over,” causing the need for a time-consuming and possibly expensive intervention.
The Redditor’s laundry list of concerns includes an inability to walk barefoot in the backyard, disturbed gardens, and potential damage to the driveway, hot tub, and home’s foundation.
“Now, our entire backyard will need to be dug up as we play ‘find the invasive rhizomes [roots]’ starting with where shoots are popping up,” she wrote, adding that she and her husband plan to ask either for their neighbor’s physical help or financial support.
“You should talk to a real estate lawyer,” another Redditor suggested.
While this homeowner’s story may be enough for some to write off bamboo altogether, there are reasons to not be so hasty.
For one, as reported by the Guardian, the versatile perennial plant — which can be used to make everything from toilet paper to affordable homes — creates 35% more oxygen than trees. Also, because it grows quickly, it’s more sustainable to harvest.
Secondly, as bamboo cultivation experts Guadua Bamboo pointed out, the plants absorb five times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than pine, meaning they could be a key tool in helping to moderate uncomfortable and dangerous rising global temperatures.
Other members on Reddit sympathized with the OP’s situation and pointed out there may be laws in place to assist.
“THIS! Had a neighbor when living in California plant bamboo. It spread to 6 other lots. It is extremely invasive and extremely hard to get rid of,” one person wrote.
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