Landscaping Issues

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

Consider the traditional concept of the American Dream: what comes to mind? Many might picture a cozy three or four bedroom home in a nice suburb with a white picket fence and a lush, green lawn attractively decorated with flower beds and lawn ornaments. Maintaining a large yard is almost exclusive to the United States since our population is spread out enough, even in larger cities, to allow for larger living spaces. It is no surprise then that many people hire professional landscapers to ensure their lawn is the most attractive in the neighborhood, but something this can come at great cost, as it has in Idaho.

A popular and attractive species of yew plant has been the cause of over 100 wildlife deaths in Idaho, but the Idaho State Department of Agriculture failed to ban the noxious bush from being used in landscaping projects. This particular species of yew is not even native to the Idaho area and is only used in landscaping projects for homes or public spaces. Elk and other species of deer were hit hard, as they flooded into residential areas in search of food over the winter. The Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association was against the banning of the bush, instead advocating for more education to be available to the public so that they themselves may choose whether to host these plants in their yards. Ultimately, the proposition was struck down over concerns about how to enforce the new law, since homeowners themselves are responsible for finding and managing any “noxious weed” that appears on their property. Any attempts at enforcement would likely be costly. In addition, the yew shrub is very unlike a weed, and very unlike any other species of plant on the list, prompting a long argument over the semantics of the statute.

In certain areas, there are homeowner’s associations that have strict rules on what you can and cannot have growing in your yard, and one way to prevent further wildlife deaths is to ensure that these associations follow strict guidelines handed down from the local government. If there is a push for education, then local landscaping companies could appeal to the environmentally conscious by not installing these plants, and potentially advertising the fact. The northwest and midwest have plenty of landscaping companies that you can choose from, like Ware Landscaping in Chicago, that will be more than happy to create your perfect lawn. Choosing a landscaping company that refuses to carry wildlife threatening plants are the ones that should be getting your business.

But what about those who do not care about the local wildlife? As more people flock to cities, more residential areas are popping up, and more trees are being cut down. Natural wildlife is being pressed to move into residential areas, and if we want to keep building, we need to be mindful that these animals were here first.  Legislation may be necessary to protect these beautiful animals so that we may enjoy their beauty for years to come.

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