The way-back backyard with Juniperus viginiana and bush honeysuckle
I need a herd of goats to clean out the way back in our backyard. I read about a man in Colorado who rented his goats to folks who needed pastures and fields cleared. A few dollars a day per goat. I can afford that. It would be cheaper than hiring a crew of six. I figure a few goats for a few days will clear the way back of all the honeysuckle that has taken over. You know they can eat up to 8 pounds of foliage a day. I checked, honeysuckle is not poisonous to goats.
But after a quick internet search (goats for rent) it seems I am over simplifying. Goats are not grazers, they are browsers, like our friend the deer...a bite here, a bite there until they jump over the fence and eat the very things you don't want them to eat. So it's not a few goats, its a big herd of goats that's needed. Taller goats to eat the top layers, mid sized goats for middle layers and the baby goats for those lower layers. A herd costs more, and they need housing and fences. So the goat herder charges more. That's okay. But here's the rub! I would have to move my garden to Seattle? I can't find rent-a-goat in Tennessee.