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Are Goats the Answer to a Beautiful Backyard?

Sometimes, weeds in your backyard can get a little out of hand, and some undesirable plants may even require chemicals to remove. Others, such as poison ivy, can be dangerous or cause your skin to break out.

One company from Ames, Iowa, however, has employees that love being on the front lines of the weed wars.

Goats to the Rescue

The company, named Goats on the Go, “employs” dozens of goats to show up and forage on your land. They’re very efficient at devouring vegetation, as you can see from various clips on the company’s Instagram page.

Aaron Steele, the founder of GotG, quickly realized that there was a growing demand for this type of service. After starting the company in 2012, he’s already expanded to 24 affiliate business operating under the GotG brand

Referring to the goats’ selling point, Steele said, “They have the potential to get the job done in a space that’s unsafe or unwise for people to do the work. We’re seeing that demand, and we’re seeing our business grow around the country.”

He also said that he thinks there’s a “novelty factor” to the process.

Goat Rental Pricing

As for the price, you can expect to pay around $1000 per acre, at most, for small projects. That includes anything 10 acres or less. Bigger projects, however, are typically much cheaper overall.

While the cost might seem a little prohibitive, there is an upside. You won’t have to use any nasty pesticides and they leave behind free fertilizer!

Goats as Gardeners

The main hurdle with using goats as your gardeners, unfortunately, is that they tend to take a very “scorched earth” approach. Left to their own devices, they might eat the plants that you want to keep as well. Goats are widely known for their willingness to eat just about anything. Fortunately, Goats on the Go understand this and came prepared.

Before letting the goats run amok, they set up a weak electric fence to keep them contained to one area. This allows the natural weed-whacking process to spare the rest of the yard that customers want to be left intact.

If you’re worried about the goats getting hurt by the fence, Steele says don’t be. At worst, it can be considered a strong static shock. It’s simply there to coax the goats to the weeds, not hurt them.

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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