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Ditch The Lawnmower – Hire a Flock of Sheep (video)

Did you know that the single most irrigated crop in the United States is a grassy green lawn? The US has acres and acres of lawn, and we spend about $40 billion annually on seed, sod and chemicals. The lawns in America cover an area approximately the size of my state, New York. Adding to that eco-unfriendly mix is the fact that lawnmowers are noisy and use fossil fuels to chew up and trim lawns. Finding creative alternatives is a step in a greener direction.

It’s the time of year when many folks spend hours and hours landscaping their lawns. Last year, goats were munching lawns for as little as one dollar a day. Now sheep are jumping into the landscape. In suburban Atlanta, they are taking a different approach, and looking to a flock of sheep for lawn maintenance.

Brian Cash is Atlanta’s only sheepherder. He runs Ewe-Niversally Green. His flock will attack even the nastiest backyard stuff, like poison ivy. Border Collies keep the mobile flock focused on lawn munching. The flock-eating lawn option allows people to avoid poisonous spraying to tame their unruly lawns.

It was recently discovered that sheep are smarter than originally thought. Here are a few of the findings:

1. Sheep brains are similar to humans and they are able to learn complex tasks.
2. Sheep recognize faces. They can recognize when a sheep in their flock is missing, or a person that routinely cares for them is absent.
3. Sheep have long-term memories.

Check out Brian Cashís eco-friendly lawn landscaping:

If you enjoy your patch of grassy green and havenít embraced the Food Not Lawn movement, what do you think about employing a flock of sheep?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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2:04PM PDT on May 2, 2012

Great idea, wish I could implement it! Thanks for posting.

9:54AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

Bella idea. Grazie

9:16AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

above: error, healthy = wealthy.

9:15AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Grass fed animals are much healthier animals too. If the grass is free of chemicals they would be organically fed. (unless you use chemicals or man made fertilizers on your lawn that ruins the "green" idea. I see in towns nearby that are very healthy, hire people to keep their gardens and lawns. I think they should be banned or at least carefully sold with regulations. For instance only so much per acre of land, none allowed if your land is close to water or wetlands and eventually they should have to start selling "green" ferterlizers instead of the damaging man-made chemical ones. Some of these people use wells too so are drinking water with these toxins in it.

11:42AM PST on Dec 15, 2011

Wonderful!
Thanks

12:24AM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:17PM PDT on Aug 22, 2011

If I had the resources to do it I sure would!~

9:23AM PDT on Jul 13, 2011

Great idea! Thanks! :))

1:57AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

Fantastic !!! Thanks !

12:23PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

I think this is wonderful

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