“My neighbor is planting invasive and [fast-spreading plants on his property. Is there anything I can do legally to stop it?” the user wrote. They then explained that a nearby homeowner started planting kudzu for ground cover only a few feet from the tree line.
“For those unaware Kudzu is a fast growing, invasive vine that spreads like wildfire here in the south,” the Redditor wrote, adding that the neighbor “has also planted Lily of the Valley, which I’m not sure is classified as invasive here but it sure as hell spreads like it is.”
After their HOA said they couldn’t do anything about it because it wasn’t a “major landscaping change,” the exasperated Redditor started searching for legal advice to stop the neighbor from letting plants loose on the neighborhood to the point “they’ll be tough if not impossible to get rid of.”
Invasive plants are a serious cause for concern. They can be extremely damaging to the environments they inhabit as they compete with native species for moisture, sunlight, nutrients, and space. Invasive plants can also lead to a decrease in the overall diversity of plants in the area.
They also damage wildlife habitats, and the U.S. Forest Service reported that invasive plants have contributed to the overall decline of 42% of U.S. endangered and threatened species.
With this in mind, commenters shared their support on the post.
“I can’t believe anyone would willingly, purposely plant kudzu,” said one.
“Right?! And I can’t understand how an HOA in the southeastern US wouldn’t see planting kudzu as a ‘major landscaping change.’ Like ok, but wait a month & eat your words,” agreed another, to which this commenter comically added, “Just wait til it swallows a few houses … ”
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