Monday, March 23, 2009

Skip the herbicides, hire this lawn crew

Does your town, authority or corporation have a large swath of property requiring mowing an weed control? You might want to employ a hard-working (and all natural) lawn crew like this one....

They work sunup to sundown, drop to the ground for their breaks and never sneak away to Starbucks. And some of them even give birth to new workers on the spot.

But a good work ethic is only one of the benefits of the newest additions to San Jose's Green Vision. Nine hundred sheep and 100 goats have been on the job grazing around the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant since February, avoiding the use of dozens of pounds of herbicides.

"The joke in the office is you know they're working hard because their heads are
always down," said Jennifer Garnett, a spokeswoman for the city's environmental

By having the sheep and goats do what they do naturally, the city also is helping to diminish pollution of waterways because there is no herbicide runoff where the woolly grazers are working. And, they're able to get the job done without the use of gas-powered mowers, one of the key goals of San Jose's Green Vision — reducing the use of nonrenewable energy.

The San Jose Mercury has the full story here

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