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Going green with goats

By epearlman
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008 at 7:05 am in Going Green.

As I wrote in my Life on the Island column a few weeks ago, I am not a fan of leaf blowers: they’re loud, disruptive, and blow teeny-tiny particles of dust all over the place. All the better to trigger the asthma and jangle the nerves! It sounds like Los Angeles is going about some of its business without using polluting, gas-powered engines. They recently hired a herd of goats (with tenders) to clear a vacant lot slated for redevelopment. According to the article, “100 goats turned loose on a downtown L.A. plot,” the goats cost about half what people wielding machines would have. East Bay fire officials have long used goats (and, too, sheep) to clear dry brush that would be a fire hazard, as have many other cities and private companies.

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  • Jill

    (I like the way your mind is working, but don’t goats actually replace lawn mowers and string trimmers, rather than leaf blowers?)

  • Eve

    Hi, Jill. You are right, I am lumping in all gas-powered, noise-making, replaceable-by-quieter-methods machines together. It’s a slippery slope, and perhaps I slid too much. –Eve

  • Eve

    Hi, Jill. You are right, I am lumping in all gas-powered, noise-making, replaceable-by-quieter-methods machines together. It’s a slippery slope, and perhaps I slid too much. :) –Eve

  • Jill

    I’m 100% with you about the gas-powered gardening devices. Another problem with them: They stink and ruin the air quality. Several times I have had to go into the house when I was sweeping my back yard because one of the neighbors (or their gardener) was blowing a nearby yard. Grrr.