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Laws Concerning Plants

By Edited Feb 8, 2016 0 2

Before you go out and plant your next tree, shrub, or flower, you will need to check out what laws apply concerning plants in your area. Usually these laws are created and mandated at a municipal level and by housing developments and homeowner associations, but they can also be enforced at the local, state, and federal level depending on how they can impact the environment. This is especially true if you are transporting plants across state lines, or international lines. Some plants that are not native to a specific area often times are banned for many reasons.

Different states have different regulations about which species of plants are allowed in their location. This is because some plants can be considered invasive. Others can attract unwelcome wildlife, and still others can attract and bring in pest and disease that can affect cash crops that may be a major source of the economy for that region. Lastly, some plants may have been overpopulated in specific areas in the past. There are also laws created to protect endangered species of plants from being removed from an area. So just because you see it growing in the wild doesn't mean that you can necessarily go dig it up and take it home.

When planting trees not only should you consider unwelcome species, but also the problems that can arise with their physical self. For example, intrusive branches and roots that can occur when planting a tree to close to property lines and structures. Branches and roots that invade another persons property can be legally pruned. Furthermore, any fruit or nuts landing over the property line is legally the other parties. When deciding to plant or remove a tree other laws need to be investigated. Before planting anything near streets, sidewalks, and property lines, it is always wise to check for proper setbacks and easements, or right-of -ways. When removing a tree, some areas require that you obtain a permit before undergoing this task.

Consider the nature of the environment when deciding to incorporate new plants into an area. Wetlands are protect as to ensure the survival of certain species of plants and wildlife. Areas prone to drought have stricter regulations and restrictions concerning water regulation. Adequate water amounts are essential to a plants basic survival. Always check with the local agricultural department if you are unsure of what is acceptable.

Anytime you are considering bringing a plant home from abroad, you should check with governmental agencies before purchasing any plant. You can also check with the airline, or cruise line about what is acceptable to re-enter the states. Some plants can carry insects and disease that are not allowed in this country. That goes the same for transporting them out of a certain location as well. Some plant are just simply outlawed due to being noxious to a certain environment. And most importantly, some plants are just plain illegal due to their recreational purpose. Need I say more!

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Comments

Oct 19, 2010 6:07pm
Sookie
So many people don't think about plants when they mature. Many trees get cut down because someone planted them too close to hydro lines, and a decade later they are being cut down. Great article!
Oct 19, 2010 6:12pm
pwarlick
Thank you, and a lot of people do not think about the affects that invasive branches and roots have on their neighbors either.
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