Environmentally friendly clean-up…
We all know that as soon as Starbucks rolls out their Pumpkin
Spice Latte's, that fall has officially arrived! I don't know about
you, but I'm a sucker for anything pumpkin spice flavored or
scented: candles, drinks, baked goods, the list goes on! So sniff,
sip, & taste before cinnamon and peppermint take over and
declare the next change of season! In addition to the pumpkin spice
takeover, another sure sign of fall can be found scattered about
your yard in brilliant shades or yellow, orange, and red.
Speaking of yard debris, for many it's a dreaded time of year
for yard clean-up because of the ever sneaky poison oak and poison
ivy plants that have dropped their leaves, and blend seamlessly in
with the other debris. You've got to suit up in long sleeves
and pants, wear gloves, and follow up by washing with a trusted
cleanser (Tecnu®, of
course!) that can remove the rash-causing oil, urushiol. Sounds
like a bit of a hassle right?! Well, I'll see your debris removal
and raise you, GOATS! That's right, goats! Did you know that goats
actually think that poison ivy is a treat?! It's true! Those little
four-legged head-butters are lovers of the oak and ivy!
So instead of putting yourself through the unpleasant task of
removing yard debris that cleverly disguise the poison plants on
your property, hire out a goat or two to do the work for you! There
are actually more folks that lend their goats out for just this
purpose than you would think! In fact, several cities and
businesses have recently deployed this tactic in an effort to fight
the ivy (and oak) in their areas. What are the benefits of such a
thing you ask? Here you have it:
- Time saver! Sit back and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte while the
goats do the work!
- Lessen your chances of contracting poison ivy rash. Need we say
- Go green! This would eliminate the need to use chemical
pesticides to rid your yard of the plants.
- Mutually beneficial relationship: happy human, happy goat!
We realize that some of you live within city limits and may have
restrictions regarding the use of "livestock" in your yards, but
for those that aren't limited, we encourage you to check it out!
For those who can't, or those who think we're just plain crazy,
don't forget to cover up, and have your trusty bottle of Tecnu Original or Tecnu Extreme on
hand to wash your skin, and clean your tools with afterwards!