If you have a lot of excess brush or
weeds in your yard and you are feeling overwhelmed, why not enlist a
friendly goat or two to help you? After all, local communities and
corporations such as Google are doing it!
Business ideas such as Rent
A Goat are just one of the many companies turning to goats as
landscapers. Blogger Erin
Spain hired a team of goats based in Atlanta, Georgia called Get
Your Goat Rentals. There are other companies out there as well –
more than most would think!
There are numerous benefits to hiring
our hooved friends to do landscaping for you, just take a look at a
few of them:
Goats are eco-friendly. When
you hire a goat to trim your unwanted vegetation, you are not using
harmful chemicals or pesticides or gas-powered mowers. Also, goats
naturally fertilize your lawn as they graze, which is an added
bonus! A good example from the heart of our nation is when the
Congressional Cemetery in D.C. hired goats to clean up the
cemetery because they did not want to risk getting chemicals into
the nearby Anacostia River. Now that is a green idea!
Goats are hardworking.
Goats can stand on their hind legs and grab far-to-reach plants that
might be hard for someone to normally get to when they are
Erin Spain wrote of her experience on her blog: “…Removing
ivy is serious work! Chris didn’t want to spend money on the goats
at first, so he said he would pull the ivy up himself. After about
15 minutes out in the yard, he came inside and said, 'Let’s just
rent the goats.' It was just too big a job for us.” She
also writes that “they go for
the higher stuff first (in our case, the fence and trees), because
they don’t like eating with their heads down. The smallest goats
did the ground cover first but the rest saved the ground cover for
last. I was amazed by how high up the tree the larger goats were
able to stretch and eat too!”
plants are their favorite snacks. Among
other things, goats love poison ivy and poison oak and
miraculously do not react to them like humans do. A crew of goats
cleared out a patch of poison ivy at a historic site in Sandy
Hook, New Jersey. They also love other pesky weeds such as
thistle and nettles. Another benefit, especially in arid climates,
is that goats will eat brush and weeds that are easy conductors of
wildfires, so their nibbling can actually help prevent a potentially
hazardous fire from gaining fuel. An important consideration before
getting goats is to make sure you do not have any poisonous plants
in your yard. Goats are sensitive to milkweed,
buttercup, and poison hemlock among others, so check with your
goat provider before you let the goats go munching in your yard!
Goats are fun and entertaining
for all! According to a recent study
in the journal Biology Letters, goats might be just as
people-focused as dogs are! Not only are they cute and fun to watch,
but they will be fun to interact with as well.
So for your next summer chore of
removing poison ivy, why not relax and let some goats do the work for
you? Lean back and pass the lemonade!