‘Running’ Bamboo: Will It Take A Law To Stop This Backyard Threat?

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Ellis bamboo 2012 1 4103_optHere’s Ken Gosselin’s story on running bamboo, an invasive plant. If you’ve never heard of it (I hadn’t), give it a read. It’s kind of scary:

John and Robin Arcarese knew the Cape Cod-style house they bought two years ago in Bozrah was a fixer-upper because it had been in foreclosure.

But the couple never thought one of those repairs last spring would involve a plant spreading from their neighbor’s yard, pushing its way up through a sidewalk, behind vinyl siding and finally out the roof of their home.

“One day, I drove home, I saw something coming out of the roof,” Robin Arcarese said. “I thought, ‘What is that?’ It was the bamboo.”

Fast-spreading bamboo — known as “running” bamboo — has the ability, once established, to aggressively take over backyards and travel across property lines, causing headaches for neighbors. Thick infestations can require heavy digging equipment to remove and years of keeping an eye out for any errant shoots trying to take hold. Running bamboo can get behind home siding and push up asphalt driveways.

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