Who needs lawnmowers anyway?

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  1. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    Available at a low cost (cost subsidised by free food obtained during course of work). May poop.

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  3. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    Frank--In my family growing up, the caption could have been: "Who needs Round-up?" We had 3 goats that gobbled up the poison ivy on our property.
     
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    Haha Love it Frank!
    Cayuga - goats can EAT poison ivy??? Wow, maybe I should look into getting one LOL The poison ivy this year is thriving...
     
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    Now Frank, be honest. Those "lawn mowers" really don't reach over the fence and eat the gladioli and other delectable flowers?
    We have cows in the field back of us, and they regularly take out the top wire of the barbed wire by reaching over to get something on our side of the fence. They are good lawn mowers, but they are high-maintenance. Their exhaust is very beneficial, though.
     



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    Great "green" mowers, Frank! I see there is a little chicken wire inside the fence there. Smart.

    Netty, goats eat ANYTHING. I hear they're being used to control kudzu in the nat'l parks. I wonder if they are unionized, since they are gov't workers? hmm???I wonder who we can ask? I would like to fence in our woods and put them back there to clean it up. Especially the wild grapes and nettles.
     
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    Yeah goats and sheep will eat almost anything. But if left in one area too long, they will eat the grass down so bad that it will hardly come back. When I was a kid Dad put goats and sheep in the woods so they could trim up some of the undergrowth. They had it looking like a park in one summer.
     
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    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    This is my parent's place. The small field directly behind the house was in need of a trim so the bovines were released. They made short work of it. They didn't touch anything over the fence. Would you believe me if I told you the fence is actually concrete made to look like wood?
     
  9. Cayuga Morning

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    Carolyn, Capt Kirk, & Netty, Re goats & poison ivy, yes that is why we got them initially. We had property in NJ that was overrun with poison ivy. We put them in one pasture after another to clean them out. Eventually we moved the goats to the woods to get rid of poison ivy there too.

    Frank--That is a good lookig fence. Is it Hardieplank?
     
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    Here some people also make concrete garden furnitures and fencing that looks like wood too, but it is not as nice as the one in your photo.

    Frank I need some weed control here too! Could you just sent one here? :D
     
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    Wow! to the fence bit... I would love a fence like that! Pretty please don't tell me it's home made and that I might have a chance of finding a similar one somewhere. :D

    I love self-moving lawn mowers with fertilizer dispensers. We had one in your garden some years ago, but he neighed. :D
     
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    Yeah but that poop makes great fertilizer Frank. My dogs poop too but unfortunately their poop can't be used for fertilizer. :D
     
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    Hit spoiler by mistake on previous post.........what is this?
     
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    Those mobil lawn mowers never run out of GAS either. :D Speaking of goats.
    I am a goat owner who knows that goats will NOT eat just about anything. They are browsers like deer not grazers. They eat pretty much the same things a deer would. I have seen ad's where you can rent a herd of goats to come in and clear away brush and undergrowth. They love woody plants. But they make really bad lawn mowers.
    But sheep will keep your land mowed. So I can see why with sheep-who are grazers and the goats who are browsers put together in an over grown woods would have it looking really nice after awhile.
    We should have gotten two sheep instead of the goats. Then we wouldn't have to mow our pasture where they are kept. I have a better idea. I'll get a horse. :-D Now that would be a great lawn mower who you could ride as well. :stew1:
     
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    Seems like I read somewhere that there is an effort to tax, farmers and ranchers on each bovine for release of methane gasses that cause global warming. What a crock.
     
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    Tooty--I sure wish our deer would eat poison ivy instead of my hostas & perennials!
     

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