Have you ever considered an alternative to the hassle of mowing your lawn – perhaps something with fewer carbon emissions and a lot less noise? I urge you to consider a barnyard friend. Sheep and goats can do the job quietly and cost effectively. It might take them a while to gnaw their way across your entire yard but who cares?
So obviously maintaining a flock of sheep or a herd of goats isn’t for everyone. I certainly don’t have the time, space or skill. Lucky for us average Joes there are companies sprouting up across the country that will rent you their flock for a day. Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders in Colorado is one such company and Heritage Lawn Mowing in Ohio is another (they were featured in the New York Times in November of 2011).
And another thing, sheep and goats are incredibly cheap. One company I found online charges only $1 per day per sheep. These services come at a bargain because the shepherds are getting free food for their animals thus cutting their expenses.
Apparently the savings are so huge that in 2009 the city of Andover, Massachusetts made the switch from mowers to goats. The city was overwhelmed by the expense of keeping their fancy lawnmowers running and as luck would have it there was a goat farmer in the nearby who volunteered to have her goats eat the grass for free.
So I encourage you to do some research in your city and find a goat or sheep looking for some free chow. Feel free to share this post with anybody you know who has a yard!