Goats Provide Sustainable Alternative for Yard Maintenance

by Browning Hemric

It’s official my hammocking friends, the freeze is over!  Flowers are starting to bloom, baby bunnies are hopping through the clover, and the urge to be outside is irresistable…until that moment when you realize your backyard is totally overgrown and beyond your mower’s capabilities.

It’s secretly been growing all season long, craving sunlight as you’ve been doing the same. What to do now? Well, there are multiple options…

a).     You could cut the growth down yourself and risk death by poison ivy.
b).     You could spray it with high octane Roundup and risk jeopardizing the entire ecosystem.
c).      You could simply turn a blind eye and let your home be taken over like the set of I Am Legend
Or…..
d).      You can hire goats!

Teams of goats can come to your house for a minimal fee to eat you essentially, out of house and home.  Goats eat literally EVERYTHING and can move through heavy brush must faster than you can say ENO!   Google and Davidson College have both hired goat teams to chew through their brush while supporting sustainable resources.

Websites such as rentagoat.com and even retail giant Amazon are jumping on board with this idea.  Amazon launched a “Home Services” feature on their website where you can search for approved experts to do tasks around the home like assemble a fire pit, install an air conditioner, or provide goats to graze your yard and eat unwanted vegetation.

Goats are especially well-suited for this task because the animals have four stomachs, enabling them to eat and eat!  Also, their stomachs can process plants like kudzu that can be toxic to many other animals.

The next time your yard needs some serious work done, think about giving goats a try, and as always happy hammocking!