Source: The Star-Ledger -
What does Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, the Republican leader of the Assembly, have in common with a nature-loving hippie?
The answer: They both see the good sense in allowing Jersey homeowners to turn their yards into miniature nature preserves without running afoul of the local code enforcement officer.
Bramnick (R-Union) has just put in a bill that would offer a legal shield to those who replace grass lawns with a richer variety of native plants that can provide better homes for bees, butterflies, and other critters that can find no niche in the neatly manicured lawns that dominate suburbia.
A sweeping, manicured lawn, is the landscaping equivalent to driving a Hummer.
Consider the benefits: No fertilizers running into local streams when it rains. No lawnmowers spewing fumes. No weed whackers. And a new bountiful look that breaks from the tight-wad feel of so many suburbs.
Bramnick was inspired by his wife, Patricia Brentano, who has turned their front lawn into a mini-preserve. The neighbors, it turns out, don’t mind a bit.
“I’m just keeping the government out of your face if you want to do it,” says Bramnick (R-Union).
When you see a sweeping, manicured lawn, don’t consider it a thing of beauty. It is the landscaping equivalent to driving a Hummer. Bramnick’s bill would allow you to make a different choice.