Grazing goats to clean invasive plants in Capitol Hill cemetery

Posted Aug 7, 2013 by Leigh Goessl
A team of goats has been "hired" to clean out the invasive plants that are currently taking over the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The work is expected to take about six days of 24-hour shifts.
On Aug. 7, 2013, a crew of over 100 goats will begin a six-day graze of Washington's Historic Congressional Cemetery, according to an Associated Press report (courtesy ABC News). the goats will graze around the clock to remove all of the invasive plants currently taking over the cemetery's grounds.
The goats are owed by Eco-Goats, a Maryland company, based in Annapolis.
According to a press release issued by the Association for the Preservation of the Historic Congressional Cemetery, the cemetery has partnered with Eco-Goats to provide an environmentally safe way of ridding the grounds of vines, poison ivy, ground cover and fallen debris, as opposed to using herbicides.
Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington  D.C. The cemetery is listed on the National Register...
Congressional Cemetery in Southeast Washington, D.C. The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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As a bonus, the ground will get fertilized.
"The revolutionary use of eco-goats eliminates the need for harmful herbicides and prevents the invasive and often foreign species from killing large mature trees in the cemetery's wooded area, which can fall onto the grounds as a result and damage invaluable historic headstones," said the Congressional Cemetery press release.
Eco-Goats brings non-chemical solutions to customers within a 150-mile range and will work with customers outside of its area to come up with solutions to naturally remove unwanted vegetation through the use of grazing goats.
The goats can be seen at the cemetery grazing from Aug. 7 until Aug. 12. The Congressional Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk, no cars are permitted, but walkers are welcomed
The Washington Post noted, Congress is currently gone, but the "influx of goats" can fill the void lawmakers left behind, suggesting the goats might "be more productive than Congress" has been.