About Browsing Green Goats

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Goats eat Poison Ivy, Kudzu and Phragmities along the Chesapeake Bay

Browsing Green Goats eco-friendly goats for grazing MD, VA and Washington, DC can eat poison ivy and kudzu but not tin cans.  Save the environment, Save the pollinators, rent goats for invasive species control.

Why not just hire machinery which is very easy to do?

First, you need a grading permit from your county if using heavy equipment to clear your land of the invasive plants. Second, when hiring machinery you have to consider the lay of the land. If located on a hill, machinery isn’t the best option as you will have erosion all while the machinery releases harmful greenhouse gases.

Your next option could be herbicides.

When it comes to invasive species control using goats, browsing green goats provide an ideal alternative to machines and herbicides. They graze in places that mowers can’t reach and humans don’t want to go (yes, goats eat poison Ivy). In fact, goats eat a wide range of invasive species, which on the East Coast include Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, Kudzu, Oriental Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Japanese Honeysuckle, Wisteria, Knotweed, Phragmities and much much more.

If herbicides are not used properly, damage may be caused to surrounding plants, often there’s drift of herbicide beyond the intended spray site, and unintended, offsite damages may be caused to vegetation. There are also concerns about the toxicity of some herbicides, which may affect people using these chemicals during the course of their occupation (i.e., when spraying pesticides), people indirectly exposed through drift or residues on food, and wildlife.

Rent a Goat facts:

  • Goats for grazing love broad leafed material, which means brush and invading field vegetation are consumed. But they don’t prefer grass.
  • Goats eat poison ivy.
  • Goats are agile and light on their feet, so they can be gentler than machinery when working on historical sites and other areas that need special consideration.
  • Herbicides seep into water and soil, affecting other vegetation, animals and humans. They also can encourage mutations among vegetation, creating greater and greater problems instead of solving them.
  • Herbicides do not always stay where they are spread. If it is not applied exactly at the right time of day the humidity will cause it to travel to other areas. Meaning you could be responsible for killing or damaging your neighbors property when spraying herbicides.
  • Browsing goats are very effective at eating the kinds of excessive weeds and brush that pose a risk of unwanted fires.
  • Goats can be stubborn, but they are docile. When effectively led and fenced, they go only where you want them to go.
  • Goats have a narrow, triangular mouth that allows them to crush what they eat, so seeds that might otherwise get passed through to fertilization are not viable. This is a true advantage, since machine cutting only encourages further growth in the next growth cycle.
  • Goats fertilize as they graze, then trample the fertilizer, so that the wanted grasses and other vegetation left behind are given a natural boost!
  • Goats have special enzymes in their guts that allow them to eat plants that are poisonous to other animals.
  • Goats can climb, allowing them to reach invasive vegetation that grow in hard to reach places. And, since they eat vines and stems, they can graze at a lower level of a tree covered invasives and as a result, either kill the vines systems that reach higher into the trees or reveal them so that they can be cut.
  • Using browsing green goats instead of herbicides saves the bees.
Additional Facts:

Not every piece of land is suitable for goats. We offer a free visit to walk your property, evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and determine if goats would be a good choice. We assess the vegetation, ask questions to determine your wants and needs and provide you with an estimate given the acreage, vegetation, time and materials involved.

In most cases, browsing green goats are visited on the job by our staff once a day. We check for stability of fencing, evaluate the grazing, and make sure everyone is eating according to plan and most of all happy.

Don’t want the poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, multi-flora rose, honeysuckle or Phragmities along the bay or blocking your waterview? Are you a Government agency looking for fire breaks and reducing vegetation for fire fuels? We can help. When you hire goats to clear land you don’t need to dispose of the debris. You get the job done without machinery pollution, and you don’t need to apply for land clearing permits because the goats don’t disturb the ground. It’s called Targeted Grazing. Browsing Green Goats can easily clear land on steep hillsides and rough terrain and can go were people and machines can’t safely go. This all saves you time and money.

Goats are designed to eat about 1/3 of the day, lay down and chew their cud 1/3 of the day, and sleep 1/3 of the day. The goats typically eat 20% of their body weight a day. That’s why no two jobs are the same as to how many goats and how long they are at your residence.

Disclaimer: They do not eat english ivy as a first preference, if you have an english ivy problem and that’s the only thing for the goats to eat our goats are not the best choice for you. They will strip the plants and trees they enjoy from the top down, they eat the ground cover last. They leave the stalks of the briar bushes and small trees. Please don’t expect the property to look like a man-powered weed-eater went through when the goats are finished. The goats do not discriminate when eating unwanted vegetation on your property. If you have trees that you do not want the goats touching, make sure our team knows of that before the fencing is up. The goats typically do not eat bark off the trees as first choice, but again they will eat whatever is in their reach. We cannot be responsible for the goats eating trees that you do not want eaten if they have been fenced in. Please take all of this into consideration before having us come out to do an onsite evaluation. If the job is less than a half acre Browsing Green Goats for rent is not your best option as we do have a minimum charge that may not be feasible for a small lot.

Often, a one-time application of the goats serves primarily to clean out a certain area for the immediate future, thus making it easier to maintain from then on. Repeated applications of goats are less expensive, shorter in duration, and lead to total and permanent eradication of invasive and undesirable species of vegetation typically 3 visits, and each application of goats provides more free organic fertilizer, and aeration of your property courtesy of goats for rent. If you price organic fertilizer at the store, and then consider that each goat drops about two pounds of pure organic fertilizer each day, this is a bargain considering they also aerate the fertilizer in the ground for you.

If you desire that totally finished look, you will need to hire a landscaping crew when the goats are finished, which we can provide.

Preview the pictures of previous and ongoing jobs of what our goats do. The goats must be kept in fencing for their safety, they cannot be tied to a post or blocks. We provide the temporary electric fencing, shelter, water trough, and man-power; all you provide is the unwanted vegetation – we do the rest.

Call today, 443-964-4972 for your free estimate. Browsing Green Goats for rent MD, VA, Del, Washington, DC and PA.

Owner Mary Bowen of Sunderland, Maryland is a Minority Business and an Advisory member to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for the SARE project using goats to eat unwanted vegetation in the DelMarVa area.

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