Have you heard that goats are nature's green garbage disposals, capable of eating 10 pounds of leaf litter a day? Goats will demolish buckthorn, poison ivy, English ivy, Chinese privet and pretty much any green thing they can reach. There are very few plants that will upset the stomach of these ruminant mammals. Vegetation taller than breast height may be out of reach for these little animals. However, if hungry enough, goats will climb shrubbery in an attempt to bend and knock down taller greens.

This lawn care service requires no fossil fuels (besides goat transportation) or chemicals. Plus, goats provide fertilizing as they go, and their hooves are gentle on the soil. So next time you are considering tackling weeds on a steep hill, you may want to enlist the goats.