Can I xeriscape an easement?
June 24, 2010 1:31 PM Subscribe
Utility Easements and Landscaping - What's legal?
posted by SpecialK to home & garden (5 answers total)
I'm planning to xeriscape most of my yard over the next winter, but before I do that, I want to make sure I'm not going to do something that will be illegal.
I have a water line, electrical line, and telephone line running through my front yard. Can I safely landscape with stone (bull rock, 1" to 1.5" in diameter) over these lines without the city complaining? I imagine that it would make it a bit more difficult to dig when (not "if" ... when!) the utility lines need to be serviced or repaired.
I imagine that as long as I don't place something permanent, like a wall or large boulder, over the lines, I would be within acceptable limits... but I can't find anything on the utility company websites or city laws that say what is allowable. Does anyone know if there's a federal or state law in place that governs this? Or is it so common sense that I've completely missed it?
I'm in Bryan, TX.