In exchange for a delicious all-you-can-eat-buffet, the city of Savannah gets its own team of living weed whackers.
Savannah has gone to the goats!
Visitors and locals alike should keep their eyes (and ears!) peeled for a tribe of 53 goats who have been hired by the city to clear the vegetation surrounding the historic Laurel Grove North Cemetery in midtown Savannah.
Administrators announced a pilot program to use goats to clear vegetation in two areas of the Hostess City in May, and according to Savannah’s official Instagram page, their new four-legged employees are already hard at work.
The goats and their two guardian dogs are reportedly being rented from Atlanta-based Get Your Goat Rentals. While they are munching, the city’s new working goats will be confined using marked electric fencing, so keep your distance.
Get Your Goat Rentals estimates it takes 20-25 goats one week to eat one acre of vegetation.
According to a release from Savannah’s Office of Public Communications, the goats will benefit the city in several ways. Not only are goats are able to clear vegetation in areas that are difficult for workers to clear or to access with machinery, but they “thrive on poison ivy, poison oak, Kudzu, blackberries, nasty vines, and briers.” Additionally, hungry goats are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly solution to areas of over-grown vegetation.
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Basically, the goats get space to roam and an all-you-can-eat-buffet, and Savannah gets an adorable team of living weed whackers. It’s the definition of a win-win.