31 Jul '11, 12am

DTN Singapore: In US state, goats often 'bleat' out the lawn mower: WASHINGTON - CITIES and organizations in the...

WASHINGTON - CITIES and organizations in the US state of Maryland have found an original and ecologically sound method to cut the weeds from their parks and gardens: Bring in the goats. Brian Knox, owner of Eco-Goats, a business based in Davidsonville, Maryland, said the hungry animals graze on dense vegetation and munch unwanted weeds and invasive plants while also leaving fertiliser behind for the grasses that people want. 'There is poison ivy and all kinds of stuff that you know people don't want to go in there for, and the goats don't seem to mind that much,' he said. Eco-Goats, which has been in business for three years, often brings dozens of goats to the site that a customer hopes to clear, then puts up electric fences and allows the goats to graze for days. One group of 30 goats can clear 100 sq m of brush per day, according to Eco-Goats. Because the animals are ag...

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