Rent a Grass-Grazing Goat for Truly Green Lawn Care

Ben Kissam
Written by Ben Kissam
Updated February 11, 2022
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Goats are the only lawn care specialists you should let chow down on your grass

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If you ever see your lawn care specialist taking a bite out of your lawn, you’ve probably hired the wrong crew—unless your rented a goat. If you’re looking to clear some serious brush or grass in your yard, you may be able to enlist some help from the animal world and hire a team of goats. The thought of hiring goats for your lawn care may leave you scratching your head—at least until you learn that it is an effective way to trim grass, remove weeds, and clear away invasive species of plants.

Renting goats is also a great way to save money on lawn care, is eco-friendly, and a good way to support local businesses. Here’s how you can rent a goat for your lawn care needs.

1. Consider Your Lawn

First, you’ll need to determine if your lawn is the right job for a goat.

Goat rental is best for lawns that:

  • Have lots of weeds

  • Have tall grass

  • Have several invasive species

Consider how fast your grass grows. If you live in an area with plenty of moisture and sun, goats can help prevent large yards or pieces of land from becoming overgrown.

However, in the same way that you should always mow high to maintain healthy, green grass and prevent dead spots, you may not want live animals chewing your slow-growing grass down to the roots. 

2. Understand What Goats Eat

Along the same lines as step 1, here’s a quiet truth you may not know unless you’re a goat expert: Grass is not a goat’s favorite thing to eat. They’ll definitely eat it, especially if there’s nothing else to munch on, but they often prefer other vegetation more. 

For example, goats can (and happily will) eat:

  • Poison ivy

  • Poison oak

  • Various types of weeds

  • Invasive species plants like udzu, leafy spurge, and milk thistle

In an effort to reach tasty leaves, goats are also known to pull down tree branches, rip up shrubs, and dismantle saplings. 

If you’re looking for a super-precise job, goats may not be the best option for your lawn. At the very least, you may want to tarp off specific areas you don’t want them to wander into looking for food.

Bringing in a goat wrangler beforehand can also be helpful, as they can install a portable electric perimeter to contain the herd and identify or block off potential goat hazards (i.e. steep drop offs or poisonous plants).

3. Compare Costs

Next, consider how much you could save by having goats do the job instead of landscapers.

Landscapers typically charge between $50 and $100 per hour for basic lawn care. For brush removal and other projects, you could pay between $2,000 and $4,000 per acre of intensive work.

Goat rental companies typically charge by the acre, and many established companies won’t do yards smaller than that. Renting a goat costs between $400 and $800 per acre. Cleaning one acre of weeds, grass, or brush takes three goats about three weeks to tackle. 

For an acre or two of land that needs a lot of clearing, you could save thousands. But if you just need a few hours of landscaping done on your yard, you’ll probably pay the same (or less) to have a crew work for you by the hour. Plus, no offense to the goats, but they aren’t able to lay sod or plant beautiful flowers like a pro landscaper can.

4. Search Locally

Goat rental has become a popular business across the U.S. over the last few years. Look online for local goat rental companies in your area and read reviews to find the best team for you.

If nothing comes up, renting goats is sometimes referred to as “conservation grazing” or “targeted grazing.” Punch that into Google and see what comes up.

5. Ask Around

There’s a reason business owners speak so highly about word of mouth referrals—they work. Ask around your local community or friends who own farm animals for leads.

If goat rental isn’t a hot business idea in your area, ask local farmers. Maybe they aren’t in the business of renting goats (yet) but your business could inspire them to start.

Renting a Goat for Lawn Care

At first glance, it might seem silly to rent a goat for lawn care. But depending on your yard and the type of work you need to do, it could be a viable solution that saves you money and supports local businesses or farmers. That’s a win-win in our book.

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