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Toms River To Crack Down on Invasive Plants

The Township Council introduced an ordinance to make property owners control invasive plants, such as spreading bamboo, ragweed, and other vegetation, from spreading to neighboring properties.

Toms River property owners need to watch what plants are growing in their yards, especially if it is a spreading species, such as bamboo, multi flora rose, kudzu or poison ivy or oak.

The Township Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday, Nov. 13, that requires property owners to keep vegetation within their boundaries or face costs for removal and fines.  The amount of those fines governed under state law could not immediately be determined, but a 2002 letter that the state sent to judges showed that the maximum for violating municipal ordinances could be as high as $1,250.

Several New Jersey towns have recently taken action about controlling invasive plants, particularly spreading bamboo that can cause property damage.

Spreading bamboo has to be manually removed and any root fragments in the ground can restore the plant, according to the Institute of Invasive Bamboo Research.  Many herbicides are ineffective against the plants, the group said.

The second reading of the ordinance, which will be open for public comment, is scheduled for the November 27 municipal meeting. 

Marina November 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I can answer all for you....Obviously these issues are non-issues compared to bamboo. I think the town council has their priorities really screwed up!!
Marina November 27, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Ever hear of a weed wacker? That's how I quell my neighbors ivy. Why bother the town council with such nonscense? You need to pick your battles better.
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Mellisa Vo June 03, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Yeah, our politicians and leaders do have a lot of important, and pressing issues to take care of. Especially after Hurricane Sandy. Considering that occurred on Oct 22, and this ordinance took effect Nov 13. Obviously it's something that had been in the works for quite some time, since it was taking effect less than a month later. Our government isn't perfect, I don't think any of them are quite frankly. And I am not personally a fan of a lot of things they do, or don't do, more so. None the less, and ordinance about bamboo removal has nothing to do with any other current events, or issues. It's completely unrelated, so how can you even branch the two situations together? Just because we are at war, that doesn't mean the smaller issues aren't taken care of.. does it? Thus because of the tragic hurricane, doesn't mean the world stops, doesn't mean life doesn't go on, and people go back to handling things that need to be taken care of. I personally am dealing with the nuisance of my neighbors overgrown bamboo. When you have to take every other day, trimming the excess coming over the fence, picking up the leaves and mess it leaves, and digging up the incredibly deep, thick, and wide-spread roots... maybe you'll understand why this ordinance was made. Until then, let's stop causing trouble.

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