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?


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

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

federico bortoletto
federico b5 years ago

Bella idea. Grazie

Maggie Corsaro
Maggie Corsaro5 years ago

above: error, healthy = wealthy.

Maggie Corsaro
Maggie Corsaro5 years ago

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.

Michele Wilkinson


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

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

Andrea Nemec
Andrea Nemec6 years ago

Great idea! Thanks! :))

Maria S.
Maria S6 years ago

Fantastic !!! Thanks !

Brigid C.
Brigid C6 years ago

I think this is wonderful