Landscaping Goats Trim Lawns in Maryland

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Goats hard at work landscaping St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Photo via Prosperity Acres
Goats hard at work landscaping St. Ignatius Catholic Church. Photo via Prosperity Acres

When I was growing up, mowing the lawn was my least favorite chore. I’ve managed to largely avoid lawnmowers as an adult, mostly by living in places that don’t have lawns (hooray for apartments!), but now I’ve finally heard an idea I can get behind: landscaping goats.

According to North Baltimore Patch, a Sunderland-based company is providing more than 70 goats to chomp on overgrowth throughout the state. It’s a win-win situation — the goats get fed, and the landscaping gets taken care of. Goats eat up to 20 percent of their body weight each day, and they adore poison ivy and poison oak (seriously). Plus, goats reduce the need for herbicides, and provide their own free fertilizer. So far, they’ve been used on everything from golf courses to historic sites throughout the state.

Just to toot my own horn: I had this idea back in 2012… I just got the species wrong.



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