Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A Common Question

People often ask me why we decided to place our manufactured home in the position we did. Actually, we didn't have any choice!
Our ten acre plot is mostly wetland woods. The county engineer told us where we could put the raised septic system and the home. In order to hook up the homes plumbing to the raised septic system, it had to be placed in the manner in which you see it.
Because our driveway is so long; (500') we decided to put in a circular turn-a-round out front. Did I want it this close to our home? NO! Does it have any good qulalities? YES, it is not as far to carry groceries.
In the center of the turn-a-round is a grove of five different species of Phyllostachys bamboo. P. nigra 'Henon', P. vivax, P. nigra 'Punctata', P. vivax , P. vivax 'Aureocaulis', P. aureosulcata.
Across the drivway bordering our neighbors chainlink fence is P. Aurea. I could not understand why the bamboo was not flourising as it is well known to do until I realized the electric company was sneaking in and spraying it right under the electric lines. Of course when I found out I was engraged and promised all kinds of retribution which have never come to fruition. They not only have kept the boo from flourising with this poison, they also totally killed a mixed shrub border that grew there. I have found that whatever they used must have been on the order of AGENT ORANGE because NOTHING will grow there now...not even weeds.
Mankind, in it's complete stupidity, will be the one to destroy it's own future as well as all animal and plant life here on earth. You can take THAT to the bank!


Sylvia (England) said...

How horrible, I can't believe they are allowed to spray on your property. Can you stop them spraying in the future?

I like your turning circle, a great way of growing bamboo and keeping it contained.

Best wishes Sylvia (England)

bamboochik said...

Thanks for the empathy, Sylvia but no, there is nothing we can do as property lines are not considered yours but the county or states with-in 10 to sometimes 20' in. I put a sign out there that we will keep the trees trimmed away from all power poles and they had NOT better spray again.....................but they will.