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Ive tired of filling up my lawn mower with petro, pulling
the starter rope and then spend hours pushing the damn
thing around my yard as the spinning blades cut the
into clipping only to rake them up later and put them
the yard trash. It is a waste of my time and money and
only result of these efforts is to watch the grass grow to
be mowed again in a few days or weeks depending upon
I decided to buy a goat and metal line. The goat is self-
propelled. It does not need to be pushed around the
It walks all by itself on four very sturdy legs towards
anything the goat thinks it could eat. The goat doesnt
like petro. In fact, petro would not be good for it and
would probably sicken the goat. Water is a suitable liquid
in the event that the goat becomes dry.
Now, what do I now do to mow my lawn? I tie the goat
the metal line to a metal stake near the center of the
to be mowed. It is important that the line and stake be
metal since the goat is a fantastic eating machine. It
eat through fibrous or plastic line or stake quickly and
digest it along with any grass to be mowed. When I
home after hours of play and relaxation with mates at
seashore or park or pub, I move the stake to another
of the lawn that needs mowing.
A goat is better for the environment than a mechanical
petro-consuming lawn mower. The goat does not
the carbon load in the atmosphere adding to the global
warming and other fanciful-end-of-the-world-as-we-
know-it problems that we all fear. Instead, a goat
clippings into environmentally beneficial soil accretions
a greener and more luscious lawn with no more carbon
emissions than any other animal. The accretions already
the form of pellets fertilize my well manicured lawn
it the envy of the neighborhood.
I havent tried this yet, but I am told that once the goat
gets big and fat, it could be BBQed into a tasty meal. But
wont do this until the goat has kids for next years
mowing season. Why didnt our parents know about
[DIYMatt, Aug 25 2010]
Idea using Rabbits instead of goats
[MisterQED, Aug 25 2010]
||Having had goats for a long time, I can tell you that
pretty soon, all you will have is dirt.
||Widely known to exist (link).
||I kept hoping for this to turn into something.
||Goats are not allowed in many neighborhoods, what you need is rabbits (link).
||Instead of tethering the eating machine, why not implement an invisible barrier around the edge of the lawn. The idea is already baked for pets and other animals; they wear a collar that imparts an unpleasant effect (electric shock?) if the wearer crosses some boundary denoted by a buried cable.
||That way you could stay longer at the seashore, park or pub and wouldn't need to return home to relocate the eating machine.
||Sheep or Alpaca make much more sense than goats, as goats rip up the roots. I particularly like Alpaca as they are simple to clean up after. The problem is they don't do well without multiples around.
||I have had goats (Not the barbecued kind --- I'm referring to the leaping up on your cars, nasty smelling, tear up your yard kind). Trust me, this is an exceedingly bad idea. However, I am not without compassion for the smiling, humble, environmentally conscious, back-to-nature guy about to launch into the equivalent of bashing his head in with a hammer. Bun for the barbecue [+].
||I once borrowed three goats to clear up a yard. It worked a treat, with no problems (except that all three goats managed to get themselves and a veranda pole tangled together by single lead, even though two of them had no lead at all). I was able to return them as soon as they had had the desired effect, and thus avoid any disaster.
||Horseys are good for this, too. And they make good steak. The horse-refuse problem can be dealt with by putting it on the steps of the town hall, which seems to be the only place cleaned up on a regular basis.
||Goats also produce milk which can be turned into delicious
||my goats made a pact with the devil, escaped the harnesses and ate decorative plants (some of them quite poisonous to humans) causing great shame. After that they would never rest in their pursuit of destruction and they no longer craved the sustenance of sweet grass, satisfied only with destruction and defilement. They were sold to the local organic weed clearing herd. now I keep two tiny sheep who have never caused a mote of trouble other than growing thick luxurious hair that must be removed.