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?