Mary Had a Little... Goat!

By Caileen  |  Monday, October 28, 2013  |  , , ,  |  Leave comment

Environmentally friendly clean-up…Goats eat poison ivy and oak


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 more?
  • 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!

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