How do you normally cut your grass? Take care of those pesky weeds? Thin out your blackberry bramble?
Of all the options these days for cutting back large swaths of grasses: mowers, weed whackers, scythes, etc.–down at our local wetland Neary Lagoon a more ecological method is being used. Every year around May or June the City of Santa Cruz brings in a flock of 40 or more goats to ‘mow’ down all the tall grasses that persist between Blackburn and Chestnut St. entrances.
Well I am here to announce that the goats have landed and are fast at work mowing down all of the grasses. As of today they are all corralled right near the Blackburn St. Over the course of this next week the goats will graze their way to Chestnut St then hop over to the other side of the boardwalk and munch their way back. For 40+ goats, it won’t take too long to go through all the grasses–so go see landscaping at work. There are even some baby goats (kids) to see.
Be sure to stop by and have a look. Goats help cut down the grass, reducing the fire hazard, recycling nutrients, and fertilize the soil. Not a bad deal! If you are curious about these services, or if you have some space you need ‘mowed’ check out Living Systems –a local group specializing in ecological and sustainable land management.