Had Goats Clean Up The Backyard

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"Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat."
--
Julia Roberts

Back on Memorial Day, I made a
Diet Coke and Mentos geyser. That was pretty awesome, but it also reminded us that we needed to do something about the overgrowth of weeds and other unwanted plants in our backyard.
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My mother-in-law discovered an cool service called
City Grazing that brings goats over to your house, and the goats eat up all the plants they can.

This is pretty insane. A pickup truck with about 7 goats showed up at our house last week, and the guys led the goats to our backyard.
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Right away, they went for the ivy hanging off the big palm tree we have out there.
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The great thing is that for the most part, we just left them alone and they just ate and ate and ate.
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The goats were very friendly. They didn't pay much attention to us because they were too busy feasting on our foliage. When my nephew Micah came to visit us, he got to pet them.
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We ended up with five goats, and they just ate nearly anything they could put their jaws on. It was a pretty amazing sight.
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One thing they really liked to do was climb up on their hind legs. This was actually pretty fun to watch because once in a while, they would just hang out with their front legs against the fence.
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The only thing we were told we were supposed to take care of was their water supply because in between eating, they like to drink a little.
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The goats did a great job throughout the week. They even helped a little with the fertilization (heh heh). This is what the bird's eye view of the yard looked like before they started:
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Today, on their last full day with us, the yard looked like this (those leaves on the ground were actually added after they'd eaten everything):
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After spending a week with goats, I am totally amazed by what they were able to do in such a short time. There was a pretty crazy amount of stuff in the backyard, and they took care of it. The goats seemed like they enjoyed their time here, and we don't have to cut the plants or figure out how to get rid of it all. It's a win-win, and it was a totally green solution to our problem! So awesome!
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