New Jersey town weighs ban on leaf blowers during summer months - See more at:

May 18 2016
Landscape contractors in New Jersey were expected to turn out Tuesday night to voice their opposition to Maplewood Township’s proposal to ban the use of leaf blowers between June 1 and Aug. 31. Members of the town’s governing committee could vote on the measure tonight.

The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association put the word out to its members about the proposal, encouraging them to attend tonight’s meeting.

Maplewood Township already has an ordinance limiting the use of blowers to machines that operate at no more than 60 decibels.

Barry Greenberg, co-owner of Birch Hill Landscaping in nearby Millburn, said his partner would be among those voicing opposition to the proposal at Tuesday night’s town committee meeting.

“This is definitely an issue of concern to landscapers,” Greenberg said. “We don’t do lawn maintenance, but we still need to use blowers occasionally for cleanup, as do other landscape construction companies.

“Who’s to say the guy who’s using a chop saw won’t be banned next? My fear is they’re going to say, ‘Now that we’ve got the guys doing lawn maintenance, we’ll turn to the guys doing construction’,” he said. “And I mean all construction.”

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Houzz landscaping trends, succulents and remodeling older homes: Home & Garden News

May 18 2016
HOUZZ LANDSCAPING TRENDS: Now that warm weather is here, many homeowners are dusting off their wish lists of outdoor building projects. We're interested in creating special outdoor spaces for dogs, kids and guests, according to the 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey. The survey includes information from nearly 1,000 U.S. homeowners using Houzz who are in the midst of, are planning, or who recently completed an outdoor project.

"Nearly half of outdoor renovators spend six or more hours a week in their yards, motivating them to invest in major features that transform the outdoors into additional living spaces," said Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, said in a press release. "Hardy plants, LED or solar lighting, and hardscapes in place of lawns are some of the popular low-maintenance choices."

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