Don’t Use RoundUp – Use Weed Killing Goats Instead
July 22 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet
I gotta say, the old man is a slacker when it comes to household chores. When was the last time he mowed the place? Probably a few weeks ago.
This wasn’t a problem in the drought days of yesteryear, but we’ve been getting evening showers lately. Grass, just add water and it grows. Reminds me of the SeaMonkey I brought to life many moons ago.
Let me be clear about something, when I use the word grass I mean stuff that grows in the back yard that is green. Others, with finer backyard tastes, would use the word, weeds.
Regardless, the only way to get it down to a manageable level is to eat it. You know, chew it like a Cow chews its cud. I then have the option to throw it up somewhere inside the house. It’s a family favorite so I do it often.
Anyway, back to my problem, for surely the grass isn’t getting any shorter overnight. How to get the weeds to a manageable level? I think Boise, Idaho has the right idea.
BOISE — Goats are now roaming and grazing in part of the Boise Foothills. Six-hundred goats have temporarily taken up residence in the Polecat Gulch Reserve in northwest Boise, just north of Collister Road.
The city of Boise hired the goats to eat noxious weeds in the 680-acre reserve. This is the first time the city has used goats.
Lynda Linquist and her husband own the company based out of Wilder, aptly named We Rent Goats. The couple and their herd of employees were hired by the city of Boise to clear out rush skeletonweed.
“It’s a noxious weed, it comes in and takes over and chokes out the native plants. Our objective is to bring the goats in and they eat it and the way goats eat, they break it down and the then the seeds don’t reproduce,” said Linquist.
Julia Grant with the city of Boise says this is the first time the city has ever used goats for weed mitigation.
“Goats have been proven to be a very efficient manager of weeds,” said Grant.
She says the goats are comparable in price to weed sprays and better for the environment.
“They’re really docile animals, they’re really easy to deal with and I think that’s why they’re perfect for this job,” said Linquist. “We’re not leaving any chemicals — a little fertilizer, but it’s just a more green eco-friendly way to manage.”The city says they plan to use the goats every year to control weeds in the Foothills.