Following some unfortunate events in our area many municipalities drafted new laws regarding ponds and fencing. Where it used to be that a pond was a pond and a pool a pool, a few years ago a pond deeper than 24" was treated the same way as a pool, requiring fencing 44" inches high around the entire perimeter.
Recently a local man was fined for not having a fence around his pond and he fought it. As part of his defense he questioned why detention/retention ponds on every commercial property didn't have the same requirement. Further, he had fencing, just that it was less formal and took the form of dry stacked stone walls and plantings.
Shortly thereafter the municipality the fence-fighter lives in announced they will amend their law to include "vegetative fences," with the requirement that to a height of 44" the fence need be dense enough to prevent the passing a 6" sphere.
My first thought is - Huh? 6" sphere? That's going to have to be some mighty dense planting.
Then something else crossed my mind. I'm not a fan of the government interfering in affairs, particularly ones where people have to expend time and dollars to protect others from themselves. But maybe pushing this concept a bit further would be a big benefit to our industry.
Imagine every commercial property having to retroactively fence their de/retention ponds with fences or plants, and all new construction having to do the same. That's a lot of trees to plant, my friends....