Seedbombing And Legal Considerations: What You Need To Know Before You Throw

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Seedbombing, or the act of throwing balls of seeds and fertilizer into barren dirt, seems like a great concept on the surface. There's an empty, ugly lot, and you're just adding some nice, colorful wildflowers, right? Unfortunately, there is a lot more that goes into planting wildflower seeds in an appropriate manner than just whim and desire of one random person. Seedbomb the wrong plot or with the wrong seeds, and you could find yourself dealing with a lot of legal trouble.

Empty Lots May Still Be Owned

Technically, entering a lot to throw a seedbomb -- or even just throwing the seedbomb on the lot from across a fence -- can constitute trespassing. In 2012, the Washington Post noted that D.C. police said entering someone's property and throwing a seedbomb would be unlawful entry.

Even if a lot seems completely empty and neglected, it is likely still owned by someone. Throwing a bunch of seeds on the property may seem like a way to make it pretty to you, but the owner could disagree that the random types of wildflowers in the seedbomb are pretty. He or she may consider them weeds that make the land look even more abandoned.

You Don't Know the History of a Bare Lot

Seeing a bare lot day after day can make you crave the color of a wildflower seedbomb, but you must check out the reason why the lot is barren in the first place. Sometimes, lots are left barren in order to make weed seeds germinate so that those seeds can be removed and killed. The last thing you want to do is go to someone's yard and toss a bunch of seeds in there when what they've really been doing is letting all the existing greenery break down so they can start a new garden from scratch. If you throw seeds in, you've ruined their work.

Other people have already landscaped their lots, but in ways that resemble random nature -- native grasses and so on. They might not take too kindly to someone deciding to take over a part of that land and dictate what belongs on it. You could be charged with vandalism or a similar crime in this case.

Non-Native Species Can Destroy Habitats

One real public relations problem that seedbombers face is that some of them have used non-native and potentially invasive seeds in their mixes. These seeds can then grow into plants that ruin the other plants in the vicinity. Remember that a plant that's not invasive in one part of the country can be invasive in other parts. If you insist on throwing seed balls into lots, take care to ensure all of the seeds in your wildflower seed packets are native plants that won't choke out other plantlife.

If you'd like to know more about creating seedballs or seedbombs that won't choke out other plant life, as well as the local legalities involved in throwing the seeds, talk to seed distribution companies near you now. They are going to be well aware of laws regarding seedbombing and may be able to help you decide if a lot is really vacant enough that you can throw some seeds in it.


24 November 2015