QUINCY – What has four hooves, two horns and a baaa-d attitude? Each of the city’s most recent landscapers.
Quincy’s Department of Natural Resources brought back three dozen unconscious goats from Georgetown society Goats to take away to help widen nearby trails Wollaston’s Sailor Home Cemetery. The goats will eat through poison ivy and save the department from having to spray the itchy plant so close to local wetlands, Commissioner Dave Murphy said.
Murphy said this was the first time the city has used goats for landscaping, although the department has been exploring the idea for some time.
Allen Aulson, owner of Goats to Go, says mowing is sometimes an easier option than landscaping goats, but wetlands, stumps and trees can make it difficult to use chemicals and installation of lawn mowers in certain areas. The goats will be in Quincy from a few days to a week and a half.
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“We bring the goats to the property, fence the area and set up a trailer with water, then we let them go and they do what they do,” he said. “They don’t pull up the plants, they don’t pull them up by the roots, but they pull out all the leaves.”
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Goat Farm at Schortland Farm in Duxbury
Susan Schortmann raises goats on her family farm in Duxbury and shares them with the Village at Duxbury seniors community. His daughter Victoria helps him.
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