Sustainable Landscaping

May 05, 2009 1 min read

rent-a-ruminant's goat

If you're like me, you've already fired up the lawn mower a couple of times this season.  Then, there's the finishing work that requires a weed whacker, pruning and edging.  Instead of hiring a landscaping service, why not put a few goats to work?! 

Vashon Island's Rent-A-Ruminant is one of many "goats for hire" services around the country that are both efficient and not hard on the environment.  In fact, goats love steep terrain and can often get into places that machinery cannot.  Blackberry, Ivy, Scotch Broom, Morning Glory, Horse Tails and even Stinging Nettles are all favorites of the goats! Plus, the goats leave behind some great fertilizer for your landscape.  Roughly 60 goats can eat about 1/4 of an acre (10,000 square feet) in 3-5 days.  

Cost is about $825 per day.  More and more businesses and developers are looking to goats for clearing brush and bramble.

before goat

after goat

Just in the news today, Google has rented a herd of 200 goats to clear weeds and brush from their Mountain View headquarters.  It's reported that Yahoo is doing the same thing (got to keep up with the competition-I guess).   Even Bayer Health Care was recently reported renting 1,400 sheet to graze on their Richmond, California campus. 

Bill Gates.... are you reading this?!

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